In the past five years, over 600 people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives or caregivers.
On Sunday March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember these disabled victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers.
In the year since our last vigil, our community has lost over 70 more people to filicide. These are just the cases that we are aware of – since we began monitoring this issue, we learn about more murders every week. We read the victims’ names, see their photographs, and gather what information we can about their lives. The criminal justice system has continued to give lighter sentences to parents and caregivers who murder disabled children. And we have seen the news media continue to portray these murders in a sympathetic light. We hold the Day of Mourning vigils to draw attention to these injustices, to commemorate the lives of victims, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities.
Since 2012, ASAN and other disability rights organizations have come together to send a clear message that disability is not a justification for violence. We’ll be at our local vigils on Sunday, March 1st – and we hope to see you there.
Some vigils will be on a weekday so please check before you attend.
If you cannot attend a vigil in-person, please consider taking part in our Virtual Vigil.
If you would like to hold a vigil and are not already listed, please sign up here.
2020 Vigil Sites
Tom Racey, firstname.lastname@example.org
California Autistic Self Advocates, email@example.com
Donnie Denome, firstname.lastname@example.org
Autistic Self-Advocacy Atlanta, email@example.com
Institute on Disability and Human Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Held Monday, March 2nd
Neurodiversity Coalition at IU, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoosier Alliance for Neurodiversity, email@example.com
Alliance Against Ableism, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alliance Center for Independence, email@example.com
Held Friday, February 28th
Elizabeth Miner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Not Dead Yet, email@example.com
Autistic Students & Allies of the high country, firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Connections Kent, email@example.com
Jennifer Stevenson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, email@example.com
Johnson City, TN
Courtney Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Held Monday, March 2nd
Salt Lake City, UT
Neurodiverse UT, NeurodiverseUT@gmail.com
Disability Alliance and Caucus at Virginia Tech
William & Mary Neurodiversity Student Group, email@example.com
Unbound Books Autism Acceptance Library, Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Library, NCW Lend, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carly Coburn, email@example.com
Autistic Self Advocacy Network, firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, email@example.com
Autistics United Nova Scotia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Autistics United Manitoba, email@example.com
Kinnery Chaparrel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Autistics for Autistics, email@example.com
Autistics United Vancouver, firstname.lastname@example.org