News Releases and Statements
(Sacramento, CA - June 28, 2019) This week, on behalf of the over 14,000 unaccompanied immigrant children in United States custody, Disability Rights California (DRC) published its findings and recommendations in response to a nearly year-long monitoring of nine Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) grantee facilities across the state of California. These nine ORR grantee facilities and programs contain approximately 300 beds for unaccompanied children. Many of these children experience trauma, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other mental health disabilities.
(Sacramento, CA - June 20, 2019) Today, on behalf of the nearly 4,000 people incarcerated in Sacramento County’s jails, Disability Rights California, Prison Law Office, and Cooley LLP reached a proposed settlement with the County to address the dangerous and unconstitutional conditions of the County’s jails. The settlement of this class action lawsuit, Mays v. County of Sacramento, E.D. Cal. No. 2:18-cv-02081-TLN-KJN (PC), which is subject to court approval, is a result of extensive negotiations.
San Francisco, Calif., (April 8, 2019) – A federal judge granted preliminary approval for settlement of a class action lawsuit that will enable children and youth with complex medical needs to get the in-home nursing they need to remain healthy and safe. The judge’s ruling will allow the state to inform over 4,000 affected families about the settlement, giving them a chance to weigh in before granting final approval.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – On Friday, civil rights groups prevailed in their lawsuit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla to expand voter registration at agencies in the state that serve people on public assistance and individuals with disabilities. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman ruled Padilla must require voter registration at additional agencies and contractors serving Californians throughout the state. More than 1.8 million Californians will benefit from the ruling.
(Los Angeles, CA – March 5, 2019) An investigation by Disability Rights California (DRC) finds conditions at the Adelanto Detention Center, one of the largest privately operated immigration detention facilities in the United States, pose serious risks to people with mental illness and other disabilities.
(Sacramento, CA – February 12, 2019) Today the Prison Law Office, Disability Rights California, and Cooley LLP filed a motion in federal court to halt the unconstitutional use of solitary confinement for people with serious mental illness and the denial of adequate mental health care to people in the Sacramento County Jails.
Homeless people with only their vehicles as shelter are hopeful the San Diego City Council will finally vote on February 5 to repeal the Vehicle Habitation Ordinance (VHO). The ordinance prohibits homeless people, many with disabilities, from living in their vehicles.
Alex Montoya, who wears prosthetics on both arms and his right leg, used to enjoy walking in his East Village neighborhood where he lives. No longer. Now he fears for his safety because every day he is dodging scooters travelling at high speeds down the sidewalk. Several times scooters strewn across his path also have caused him to nearly trip.
(Sacramento, CA) Disability Rights California is saddened to learn of the death of the 13-year-old student with disabilities who died after being restrained by staff at Guiding Hands School last week. This is a horrific tragedy and our hearts go out to the student’s family.
We do not know all of the facts in this particular situation, but the reported facts surrounding the death are cause for great concern. The facts reported about the incident indicate that it involved a prone restraint, a practice known to be dangerous and life threatening.
Disability Rights California (DRC) celebrates 40 years of advocating for equality, dignity, independence and freedom for people with disabilities. As part of its celebration, DRC honors current and former state lawmakers, as well as other leaders in the disability community.