In a program organized by the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, visited Ciudad Juarez March 26-27.
During his time in Ciudad Juarez, Justice Bernstein participated in the Binational Legal Forum where he talked about his experience as a trial attorney and a judge working within an accusatorial system.
On March 27, he met with representatives from various organizations serving people with disabilities, including Fundación Integra, Centro de Estudios Para Invidentes, Fundación Carita, Hogar El Manantial, Ponte En Sus Zapatos No En Su Lugar, Terapect, the Chihuahua Human Rights Commission and the Chihuahua Social Development Secretariat.
He also addressed a roundtable of twenty social work students at the Juarez Autonomous University, and gave a talk at the Colegio de Chihuahua on the “Rights of People with Disabilities,” attended by human rights defenders, attorneys and others.
“We appreciate the time that Justice Bernstein has given us,” said Consul General Ian Brownlee. “Not only does his visit benefit the legal community, but the disabilities community can learn from his personal experience and legal expertise as we move towards a more inclusive society.”
“In 2015 in the United States we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which guarantees equal rights for people with disabilities in my country, but it has also inspired changes in other parts of the world,” said Justice Bernstein. “It is gratifying to come to Juarez and have the opportunity of meeting such a group of people committed to equal rights. All the people that I met today have stories of hope and I believe in a few years, their work will be the engine that will motivate legislative changes for greater inclusion,” he added.