Two Important Youth in Development Announcements

If you have read our annual report, then you may know that we have discontinued our Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program for the time being. 

Through our network of USICD organizational members, we will make it easier for you to learn about other opportunities relevant to emerging professionals with disabilities who aspire to careers in international development or foreign affairs. When an organization tells us of a specific opportunity, we will pass along that information to you via our Youth in Development mailing list. The number of mailings via this mailing list will usually be light.

If you are interested in learning about these opportunities as they emerge, you will want to subscribe to USICD's Youth in Development mailing list. You can manage your subscription here via USICD's website. In the right hand navigation bar, you will find a box that invites you to subscribe to USICD's newsletter. If you enter your email address in that box, it will take you to a page that asks you to fill in your name and select whether you want to subscribe to the Youth in Development mailing list, or to USICD's newsletter, or both. 

AmazonSmile - A No Cost Way to Donate to USICD

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You can contribute to USICD at no cost to you! USICD is a registered organization with the AmazonSmile program. That means, if you sign up to participate in the AmazonSmile program, .05% of all eligible purchase amounts will go to USICD. If you spend $500 per year, USICD will receive $25; if you spend $1,000, USICD gets $50. Just think how that could be multiplied if you get all your family members and friends to do the same. Every donation, no matter how small, takes us one step closer to realizing our vision. 

It's easy to do! Visit AmazonSmile and on your first visit select the "United States International Council on Disabilities" as the charitable organization you want to receive your donations before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to USICD. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations and such eligibility is noted with the product's information with the simple message: Eligible for "AmazonSmile" donation.
Bookmark to make it even easier to return and shop at AmazonSmile. There are no differences in prices or products if you shop through except that a percentage of the money you spend goes to USICD. 

Please take a few minutes to take this simple action if you shop on Amazon and encourage others to do the same. 

Thank you so much. 

USICD Resource Committee

Highlights of USICD's Work in 2017

The USICD Board and Staff would like to thank our USICD members, partners, sponsors, friends and colleagues for being with us in 2017, and for celebrating our 25th Anniversary with us at the USICD Gala that was held at the Embassy of France on 5 December!

Click here to view photos from the Gala.

Click here to view a video of highlights from our work in 2017.

Protecting civilians with disabilities in conflicts

By Catalina Devandas, Shantha Rau Barriga, Professor Gerard Quinn, Janet Lord

People with disabilities rank high among those badly affected by conflict. For one thing, conflicts degrade whatever support systems are in existence. The lucky ones can flee – but many are forced by their circumstances to remain in the conflict zone after others have been evacuated, and are particularly vulnerable as a result.

Refugees carrying possessions flee fighting, walking down a dry dirt road. One man on crutches pauses to rest, with one arm draped over one of his crutches and his head resting on his arm face down.The tendency in many countries to congregate people with disabilities into institutions creates heightened vulnerabilities that can complicate the task of civilian protection. History is replete with examples, for instance, the slaughter of civilians with disabilities at a psychiatric hospital during the Rwandan genocide or, earlier, under the Nazi T-4 programme of extermination of disabled adults and children in institutions and hospitals. Indeed, the very existence of clustered settlements – psychiatric hospitals, orphanages, social care homes and other institutions – can tempt some combatants to use people with disabilities as human shields.

Read the rest of this article in the December 1st, 2017, issue of Nato Review.

One of the authors, Janet Lord, serves on USICD's Board of Directors.

USICD Releases Consolidations of Disability Citations in the 2015 State Department Human Rights Repo

Each year, the U.S. Department of State releases an extensive compilation of human rights reports covering the previous calendar year for 194 different countries around the world. The full set of human rights reports for a single year can easily fill thousands of pages. For people who want to see only the disability-related citations woven throughout these reports, it can take a long time to wade through these thousands of pages to find them.

USICD's team has done the work for you! Each year, USICD staff and interns seek out references to disability issues throughout the State Department human rights reports and consolidate them into a single file for each major geographical region. These regional reports are also consolidated into a single, much larger file. Each file can be downloaded in accessible PDF format. The disability consolidations covering the year 2015 have just been completed and are now available via USICD's website. You also can find disability consolidations going back to the year 2010:
USICD's team is now working on consolidating disability citations that were in the US State Department reports covering the year 2016, which were recently released. We will announce in our newsletter when the 2016 consolidations become available sometime later this year.