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UN CRPD Champion Sen. John Kerry Appointed U.S. Secretary of State

Sec State Kerry, Sen. Kohn McCain pose in photo (photo)The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) congratulates former Senator John Kerry (D–Massachusetts) as he begins his tenure as Secretary of State of the United States. Kerry was sworn in as Secretary of State on 1 February 2013 at 4pm EST.

Photo Credit: WPRI.com Blog

A firm advocate of persons with disabilities (PWDs), Secretary Kerry has spent his career fighting for the rights of PWDs in the United States and internationally. In December 2012, Secretary Kerry led a bi-partisan group of Senators in an effort to advocate for members of the U.S. Senate and Congress’ votes for the ratification of the United Nations Convention of the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

"What this treaty says is very simple. It just says that you can't discriminate against the disabled. It says that other countries have to do what we did 22 years ago when we [...] passed the Americans with Disabilities Act," said then-Senator John Kerry to the U.S. Senate in support of the CRPD.

As part of its Public Diplomacy Project (PDP)’s ongoing analysis of the speeches of U.S. Secretaries of State, COTELCO will include Secretary Kerry’s speeches and addresses in its textual analysis study.

PDP analyzes the speeches and public addresses from past Secretaries of State using the Accelerating Social Science Analysis for a New Age (ASSANA) methodology, which develops, tests, and refines large-scale text-based data (Big Data) using the Provalis Research Suite and Zorro, American University’s high-performance computing facility. COTELCO Senior Faculty Associate Dr. Mary Hansen leads the Zorro facility.

Secretary Kerry joins former Secretaries Clinton, Rice, Powell, and Albright in helping COTELCO analyze U.S. public diplomacy rhetoric.

We wish Secretary Kerry the best in his new role, and look forward to working with his office and the U.S. Department of State to further advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities in the U.S. and around the world.

Watch former Senator Kerry’s speech to the U.S. Senate on the CRPD.

Learn more about ASSANA and other COTELCO research programs.

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