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Eric Rosenthal

The Charles Bronfman Prize is awarded to Eric Rosenthal, Founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International, for Fighting Worldwide to End Segregation and Abuse of People with Disabilities. Skip to Content

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Eric Rosethal
2013 | Eric Rosenthal

Founder + Executive Director
Disability Rights International

Jewish Values

“The Jewish principle from the Torah – Do not oppress the stranger, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt
– is very powerful to me. As a people, we care deeply about
family and community; and as a people we have particular
responsibility to help ensure that people with disabilities
grow up with families; are part of communities; and are not
marginalized, dehumanized and put away.”

Global Impact

Awakening the world's conscience to protect the human rights of
children and adults with disabilities; documenting the segregation
and abusive treatment of people with disabilities in dozens of
countries; training and inspiring disability and human rights activists;
and appealing to governments and world bodies to protect a
vulnerable and overlooked population.

Disability Rights International is a pioneering global human rights organization working to end the segregation and abuse of people with disabilities. Under Eric Rosenthal's leadership, DRI has galvanized a
new international disability rights movement. He has brought urgent
attention to the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities, as
well as the 10 million children segregated from society in orphanages
and other custodial institutions. Eric documents human rights abuses,
has trained activists in 25 nations, and works with governments to end
abusive practices. He was instrumental in the United Nations' adoption
of a new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – now
ratified by 130 countries – and through DRI recently launched the
Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children.