Rep. Brostoff Statement on Waukesha County v. J.J.H.
“Deaf Rights are Human Rights”
MILWAUKEE – In response to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin’s decision earlier today to dismiss the case Waukesha County v. J.J.H. as improvidently granted, State Representative Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:
“I am livid at today’s Supreme Court decision. This case shows a clear example of our justice system openly ignoring the Constitutional rights of a young Deaf woman, and all our state Supreme Court can manage in response is a shrug. When I attended the oral arguments for this case earlier this month, what I witnessed was a gross, ignorant and inexcusable miscarriage of justice in a system rigged against Deaf people from the beginning. For our court system to imply in any way that Deaf individuals without interpreters are able to be active and informed participants in a courtroom designed for the hearing community is irresponsible, it is discriminatory, and it is fundamentally unjust.”
“Cases like this one drive home just how important Deaf visibility and Deaf access remain not only in our state, but across the country. Until our justice system and our society can unequivocally demonstrate an understanding that the rights of Deaf individuals are equal to and just as important as those of anyone else, we have clear and important work to do. I genuinely hope to see this case make its way to the US Supreme Court, and to see a ruling that ensures a miscarriage of justice like this never happens again. Deaf rights are human rights, and I promise to never give up the fight on behalf of the Deaf community.”
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