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The Wall of Shame


List of US individuals and organizations who have shown deliberate indifference to SaneRights' complaints about human rights abuses in mental healthcare facilities

NB: the vast majority of the following are men, or organizations headed by men.  We think that if the complainants had been their wives, daughters, mothers or sisters, they would have acted like lightning to institute change.  However, we have heard only a deafening silence.  We will make an effort to keep this list up to date as officials change jobs, to the extent of our abilities. 


note: letter at left is gender (M/F) of the individual, or of the organization's CEO

M        President Obama himself

M        Donald Trump

F         Hillary Clinton


MM     The Health subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee 

FM      the Cosponsors of the Excellence in Mental Health Act, and other proposed mental healthcare legislation

MM     the Senate HELP committee 

MM     the Senate Special Committee on Aging

MM     the Senate Veterans Committee 

MM     the House Oversight Committee 

MM     the Senate Judiciary Committee 

FM      the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 

MM     Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations 

M        NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

M        NY Senator Chuck Schumer

M        Congressman Steve Israel

M        Congressman Pete King

           nearly every senator on the Hill, in addition to the above, and select congressmen - mainly Male 


Accountable federal parties:

M        Timothy Geithner, former U.S. Treasury Secretary

M        Jack Lew, U.S. Treasury Secretary

M        Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General, and Loretta Lynch, current AG

M        George Venizelos, who heads FBI New York

M        Head of FBI, James Comey (reports to DOJ)

M        Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Defense Secretary 

M        John Sandweg, former Acting Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

M        Jeh Johnson, United States Secretary of Homeland Security.

M        Assistant U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

M        The U.S. Postal Service - Postmaster Patrick Donahoe

M        Daniel Levinson, HHS Inspector General

F         Kathleen Sebelius, former HHS Secretary

F         United Nations Human Rights Council


Accountable State parties:

M        Governor Andrew Cuomo

M        Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

          the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption - 22 Male, 6 Female

M        Senator Carl Marcellino

M        Senator Phil Boyle, Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee

M        Nirav Shah, former Commissioner NYS Dept. of Health, and Howard Zucker, current Commissioner

M        The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) 

M        The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (John Degnan)

M        The Justice Center, formerly CQCAPD (formerly Roger Bearden)

M        Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) (Dr. Malcolm D. Reid, Dr. Charles Rothberg)

M        New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

F         Catherine Leahy Scott, New York State Inspector General


Accountable NY City parties:

M        Former Mayor Bloomberg

M        Current Mayor DeBlasio

5M      All five district attorneys 

2M      Chiefs of the New York Police Department and Fire Department


Long Island parties:

M        Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano

M        Nassau County Medical Society

M        Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota

F         Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas

F         former Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice


Parties who should be interested in this topic, but have shown deliberate indifference:

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 

Phrma (Pharmaceutical industry association) 

The World Bank 

Human Rights Watch 

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani

The Reagan Foundation 

Reince Priebus (Republican Party)

New York State Republican Party 

Landmark Legal 

The Rutherford Institute 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

American Bar Association 

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO) 

National Rifle Association (NRA) (LaPierre)

CEOs of several major drug companies, including notably those of Lilly, AstraZeneca, J&J and Pfizer

New York State Bar Association 

Many other US candidates for public office - local, state and national (mainly male)

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) 

World Health Organization (WHO) 

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) 

NFRW (national federation of republican women)

Tea party patriots 

AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) 

Kerry Kennedy, human rights activist and ex-wife of Gov. Cuomo

National Quality Forum (NQF) 

Better Business Bureau