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President's Message

We are ecstatic to kick off April with significant progress in our policy efforts, and are ready to celebrate our 15th Conference Anniversary!

In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an asbestos warning statement today via social media! 

Last month, the 2019 Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (ARBAN) was introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill is sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Chairman Frank Pallone, and Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin. With nearly 50 members of Congress supporting our 2019 bill so far, we are more hopeful than ever for the passage of ARBAN!

Just a few short weeks ago, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the 15th Asbestos Awareness Resolution . The resolution, led by Sen. Jon Tester of Montana among a bipartisan group of lawmakers, designates April 1-7, 2019 as National Asbestos Awareness Week. We extend our deepest gratitude to these congressional champions for their action to protect public health and the environment. This nationally designated week will go global yet again for the 15th Annual Global Asbestos Awareness Week  (GAAW). Thanks to our friends at McOnie and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), GAAW materials will be available in six languages to ensure our advocacy hits a broad international audience. The more you share, the further our education and stories will reach! Follow the conversation online by checking and using the hashtag #2019GAAW.

This year, we have 7 days of content with 7 different ambassadors and press releases. Alongside our educational materials, we will be hosting a special GAAW event at the George Washington University on April 4. The event includes a screening of the asbestos documentary Breathless , followed by an academic panel discussion.

The 15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference is only days away. The weekend-long event launches on April 5 in Washington, DC, so make sure you've checked all the boxes on your conference prep checklist ! In addition to the exclusive academic conference programming led by esteemed global experts, we're proud to present our Meet the Artists Signature Cocktail Reception and Awards Dinner on Saturday night. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with several talented artists who use their platforms to spread asbestos awareness, followed by a Gala Dinner and awards ceremony to recognize many distinguished experts and ban asbestos activists. For those who are unable to attend in person, we will be livestreaming all conference events for people across the world to be able to tune in.

Lastly, we owe a huge thank you to the village of individuals who have worked tirelessly to help ADAO. Our efforts and impact would not be possible without the generous contributions and commitment of our dedicated volunteers and kind sponsors. So on behalf of all of us at ADAO - THANK YOU! Together, change is possible.

Linda Reinstein,  Social Networks





Should you not be able to attend any of the 8 catered events (Screening of Breathless at GW on Thursday, Friday March For Justice and Remembrance, Friday Trolley Tour with Lunch, Friday Casual Dinner, Saturday Conference Lunch, Saturday Gala Dinner, Sunday Brunch) please fill out this regrets form so we are able to cater to each even appropriately. Please fill out this form by Tuesday April 2 at 12:00 PT. pe3Lnn4ysSe5HT8

You've probably noticed by now that our 15th Annual Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference is decked out with more bells, whistles, and fun activities than ever before. 

While we are so proud to share these treats, such as our beautiful new conference website, March for Justice and Remembrance and Group Trolley Tour, our incredible conference sponsors truly deserve the credit for all of this. Please join me in thanking Simmons Hanly Conroy and Motley Rice for making our annual conference possible! We truly couldn't do it without their help.

2019 Platinum Sponsors

2019 Silver Sponsor
Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Global Asbesto Awareness Week April 1 -7


Justices Kavanaugh and Roberts Join their Liberal Supreme Court Colleagues to Rule in Favor of Asbestos Victims

U.S. House of Representatives Held a Hearing after FDA Confirmed Asbestos Contamination in Four Makeup Products Sold by Claire's and Justice Tween Retailers


ADAO Introduces Earl Dotter's 5th BADGES Poster: "Progress & Challenges from the Frontlines" at Our 15th Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference

15 Years of Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Victories from Capitol Hill - and More to Come

Screening of the Asbestos Documentary "Breathless" and Panel Discussion at George Washington University on Thursday, April 4, 2019


U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Introduced The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 (ARBAN) - Bill Would Ban Asbestos Importation and Use Within One Year of Enactment


ADAO to Present "Mitigating the Asbestos Disaster: Policy, Prevention, and Advocacy in the 21st Century," at the Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale



ADAO Applauds the U.S. Senate for Unanimously Passing the Fifteenth Resolution (S.Res.92) Designating April 1-7 "National Asbestos Awareness Week"




New York Times: Johnson & Johnson Hit With $29 Million Verdict in Case Over Talc and Asbestos



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