NEW YORK (JTA) — Eric Rosenthal, the founder of Disability Rights International, won the $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize.
The Bronfman prize honors Jews under age 50 for humanitarian work.
Rosenthal, a 49-year-old attorney, won for his work to end the segregation and abuse of the mentally disabled.
Founded in 1993, Rosenthal’s Washington-based organization uses legal, mental health and human rights experts to reform legal and service systems for the mentally disabled, promote community inclusion and advocate human rights enforcement.
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