We commend the Subcommittee for recognizing the importance of securing respect for human rights here in the United States as well as overseas. The specific focus on the rights of persons who have a mental illness and who are incarcerated in the United States is particularly welcome. Human Rights Watch has worked for many years to improve protection for the rights of US prisoners, including those with mental illnesses, and we stand ready to assist the Subcommittee with its efforts in any way we can.
Proud CODA from 3 generations of deaf family. How the Criminal Justice System Fails the Deaf Community Imagine a situation where you are accused of a crime -- perhaps a crime you did not commit, or maybe even a crime you were the victim of.
The arresting officers use a different language; you're unable to communicate what happened before you get brought to jail. There is no way for you to contact your family or an attorney. Your legal rights are not accessible to you. From frightening and dangerous arrests, to lack of access to reentry services, our justice system fails deaf Americans every step of the way.
I recently spoke with Talila A. Lewis, an attorney and civil rights activist, about the fight for deaf access to justice. HEARD is dedicated to ensuring deaf and disabled people receive equal access to the legal system. They focus on educating justice professionals; correcting and preventing deaf wrongful convictions; and ending abuse of deaf and disabled prisoners.
HEARD also works to help increase deaf involvement in the justice, legal and corrections professions.
To contact law enforcement, a deaf individual might use a videophone, which places an interpreter between the deaf caller and the dispatcher. The dispatcher must then relay all information accurately from the interpreter to the responding officer. If it is a hearing person who dialsthey might not tell the dispatcher that there is a deaf person on the scene.
Unfortunately, police officers sometimes rely on unqualified third parties -- including children, and even alleged abusers -- to facilitate communication during these interactions. According to Lewis, who is tracking incidences of police brutality and discrimination against deaf people across the nation, effective communication during this initial stage is critical to preventing wrongful arrest and convictions.
Rarely, if ever, do ASL interpreters arrive on the scene with the police.
Many times, police show up completely unaware that they are working with with a person who is deaf. This can lead to dangerous misunderstandings. For instance, Philip Wolfe escaped a domestic dispute and had a friend call the police. Although the dispatcher was informed that Wolfe was deaf and required an interpreter, the police showed up without one and completely misunderstood the issue.
The domestic abuse charge was never filed. Wolfe's partner returned that night and abused him again. In Oklahoma, year-old Pearl Pearson was pulled out of his car and beaten by police as he attempted to show them a card that said "I am deaf. Once a deaf individual has been taken into custody, it is the responsibility of police officers to ensure that access to communication is effective.
Communication may require releasing a hand from handcuffs, cuffing hands in front of a person, providing Certified Sign Language Interpreters or Certified Deaf Interpreters, or perhaps another accommodation, as there are many.
The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA makes clear that police departments are responsible for providing reasonable accommodations and that preference for the type of accommodation goes to the deaf person; but deaf people nationwide report that police departments are not in compliance with the law.
I spoke with Maria Dollhopf, a deaf woman who experienced injustice during the legal process.The third Geneva Convention provides a wide range of protection for prisoners of war. It defines their rights and sets down detailed rules for their treatment and eventual release. International humanitarian law (IHL) also protects other persons deprived of liberty as a result of armed conflict.
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