Women’s Refugee Commission – Disabilities

Source: Women’s Refugee Commission – Disabilities

As many as 7.7 million of the world’s 51 million people displaced by conflict have disabilities. People with disabilities are among the most hidden and neglected of all displaced people, excluded from or unable to access most aid programs because of physical and social barriers or because of negative attitudes and biases. They are often not identified when aid agencies and organizations collect data and assess needs during and after a humanitarian disaster. They are more likely to be forgotten when health and support services are provided. Often, refugees with disabilities are more isolated following their displacement than when they were in their home communities.

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Women’s Refugee Commission – Maternal & Newborn Health and Disability

Source: Women’s Refugee Commission – Maternal & Newborn Health

Worldwide, more than 350,000 women die every year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth—that’s nearly one every minute. For women affected by conflict or disaster, who are displaced from their homes and communities, the risk of maternal death or injury is especially high. In fact, over 60 percent of the world’s maternal deaths occur in 10 countries, nine of which are currently experiencing or emerging from conflict. With the breakdown of traditional social structures during times of war or conflict, women face an increased threat of sexual abuse, exploitation and violence. And sexual violence puts them at high risk of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions, especially since they often lack access to emergency contraception and emergency care for pregnancy and childbirth complications.

Access to quality health services can mean the difference between life and death. In crisis settings, this access is particularly limited, increasing the risk of maternal death, the main causes of which are: hemorrhage, unsafe abortions, high blood pressure or prolonged and obstructed labor without access to cesarean section. The lack of access to health care also raises the risk of newborn death, usually caused by preterm birth, infection or asphyxia (lack of oxygen) during childbirth. However, there are several steps that can be taken to prevent maternal and newborn death. Training attendants to assist mothers during childbirth and making cesarean section readily available can prevent mothers and their infants from dying needlessly.

Parental Rights Toolkit

  1. ICE-Directive-Parents-Guide-ICE-Version-2014-EN
  2. ICE-Directive-Parents-Guide-ICE-Version-2014-ES
  3. ICE-s-Parental-Interests-Directive
  4. Parental Rights Report Spanish
  5. Parental Rights Report-Final
  6. Parental Rights-Make-A-Plan-June-2014-Spanish
  7. Parental-Rights-Toolkit-ENGLISH_web
  8. Parental-Rights-Toolkit-ENGLISH-Interactive
  9. Parental-Toolkit-SPANISH_Interactive
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Disability Rights Consortium At Equip For Equality – Immigration And Disability

Host: Equip for Equality


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 –

9:30am to 11:00am


Equip for Equality
20 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 300
Chicago, IL60602


Lisa Palumbo and Audra Passinault from LAF will be our featured speakers to discuss the intersection between immigration and disability. Specifically, they will address the recent Executive Orders and Implementation Memoranda of the current administration and how these policies may affect persons with disabilities. Given the heightened focus on immigration issues recently, this should be a very timely and useful presentation. The meeting will be at Equip for Equality (20 N. Michigan, Suite 300) from 9:30-11:00. The session will be eligible for 1.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit. A captioner will be at the meeting. If you need an additional accommodation to participate, contact Barry Taylor at barryt@equipforequality.org by 3/17. If you can’t attend in person, you can participate via teleconference by calling 800-910-8278 and entering code: 1940990.


  1. Frequently Asked Questions on Immigration
  2. Immigrant Detention Centers in Illinois
  3. Know Your Healthcare Rights for Undocumented People – English
  4. Know Your Healthcare Rights for Undocumented People – Spanish