Debra Benko, M.A.

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BBI International Programs Senior Fellow

Debra Benko is a freelance writer/editor and consultant on disability rights issues. She has consulted as a legal researcher, writer, and editor of human rights law articles for BlueLaw International, LLP. She assisted with BlueLaw work performed in conjunction with the Harvard Project on Disability on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in domestic disability legislation. She served as a copy editor for three books for BlueLaw's publishing house client, including an international law textbook and a book on nation-building in Nicaragua.

She consulted for Landmine Survivors Network (LSN) as a writer, researcher, and editor for newsletters, training manuals, and other projects promoting grassroots advocacy and coalition building both in the U.S. and internationally to develop worldwide support for the CRPD and to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the drafting of the CRPD. She helped to develop LSN disability negotiations bulletins for the June 2003 Ad Hoc Committee meeting at the UN regarding the drafting of the CRPD.

She served as Communications Officer for Disability Rights International in Washington, DC, participating in advocacy training conferences for people with disabilities and human rights documentation in Budapest, Hungary. She wrote about economic development and downtown revitalization issues for HONOS, LLC. She has also worked for the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Bowling Green State University. Currently residing in Madison, AL, she served as city councilwoman at-large in Port Clinton, OH.

She received her M.A. in English from Indiana University (Bloomington) and her B.A. in English and History with Highest Honors from Denison University.

Debra is currently collaborating with BBI on its human rights and disability publications.