Mexico Steps Towards Reform in Mental Health Law

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Lesson Title

Mexico Steps Towards Reform in Mental Health Law

Video title, link and release date

Mexico Steps Towards Reform in Mental Health Law, May 29, 2013

 Video Length

Two minutes, Six seconds

Grade Level

High school


The Mexican government recently amended its health laws to move towards a community-based health system.

A 2010 report by Disability Rights International documented human rights abuses in Mexico, which drew international attention, prompting the government to respond.

Mexico had previously ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but there were well-documented violations of the treaty in 2006 and 2007.

Mexico’s new laws have already been praised by disability advocates as a great step forward.

Review Questions

1. What types of human rights violations were cited in the Disability Rights International report?


2. In which year did the report claim the violations as having happened?


3. What organization does Eric Rosenthal head?


Freewriting “Journal” Prompt

What about this report do you have questions about?

Do a bit of research on the United Nations Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty. What is the current status of the treaty? What is the United States’ role?

What do you want to know more about?

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