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Disability Community Day of Mourning

In the past five years, over 700 people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents.

Every year on March 1st, the disability community gathers across the nation to remember disabled victims of filicide–disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers.

We see the same pattern repeating over and over again. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due to the “burden” of having a disabled person in the family. If the parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and  comparatively lighter sentences, if they are sentenced at all. The victims are disregarded, blamed for their own murder at the hands of the person they should have been able to trust the most, and ultimately forgotten. And then the cycle repeats.

Since 2012, ASAN and other disability rights organizations have come together at local vigils across the country to mourn those losses, bring awareness to these tragedies, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities. On March 1st, we will come together again, and we ask you to join us.

Click here to sign up to be a 2021 Day of Mourning Vigil Site Coordinator.

Anti-Filicide Toolkit
In this year’s toolkit, you can find instructions for organizing a virtual vigil as well as an in-person one. We recommend only holding a virtual vigil unless your area has very low rates of COVID-19 per capita, as well as low community transmission. For example, sites in the US will want to hold virtual vigils only. Sites outside the US can look at current rates, consult their local governments and look at new sources to determine if it is safe.

You can download our Anti-Filicide Toolkit resource, including a Guidebook for Vigil Site Coordinators here.

We’ve also launched Disability-Memorial.org, a memorial to the people with disabilities who were victims of filicide. Active cataloging of cases started in mid-2014; the site contains cases from 1980 to the present.

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