National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Tina Minkowitz, J.D.

Tina Minkowitz is founder of the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and was one of many individuals who contributed to drafting the CRPD, representing the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry throughout the CRPD negotiations and serving on a 40-member working group that drafted the official text.  Ms. Minkowitz has given expert presentations to the United Nations, government officials and NGOs in several countries, and consults with interested parties analyzing draft legislation in light of the CRPD.  She is the author of “The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Right to be Free from Nonconsensual Psychiatric Interventions,” which includes arguments on torture and ill-treatment, and has presented with the Special Rapporteur on Torture on this subject.