Posted on July 1, 2019

Since 2008, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has held and/or participated in 13 Congressional Staff Briefings. Every year, we have used this immense opportunity to do one thing: give space for experts to share their work with U.S. lawmakers. Primarily focused on asbestos exposure prevention, we have brought nearly 70 authorities in the fields of medicine, public health, and labor into these briefings to bring the most cutting-edge, up-to-date information  to Senate and House staffers.

During the past decade, an estimated 700 staffers have been educated about asbestos and the impact it has had on their constituents. This goes far beyond mortality rates and imports figures, however. In addition to a briefing package, each staffer is given stories from the ADAO Share Your Story collection, ensuring that victims’ voices are heard. This documentary collection of the journeys of hundreds of Mesothelioma Warriors provides a direct connection for these staffers to the Americans they represent.

ADAO has also made space for victims themselves to reach their representatives. ADAO has twice assembled two distinct “Dream Teams” of Mesothelioma Warriors who shared their personal stories directly to these policymakers’ staffers. 

In addition to this, ADAO builds an online staff resource page with our speaker bios, executive summaries, PowerPoints, studies, and other ADAO materials, such as the top 10 asbestos and Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (ARBAN) facts.

During our educational briefings, we have been able to attack the asbestos issue from all angles. Its complexities reach into the  political, economic, environmental, medical, and – of course – the personal, and we have covered each of these over the years. 

Education has been monumentally important to ADAO –– it truly is where knowledge and action unite. ADAO remains dedicated to educating both Congress and the public on the lethal impacts of asbestos and importance of a federal ban. I am confident that by working together, we will ban asbestos and keep Americans safe. 

As we begin to work on our 14th staff briefing, we continue to work towards a ban on asbestos by educating staffers about the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act. We are excited to educate a bipartisan and bicameral group of staffers in hopes to get their members to sign on in support of our lifesaving bill. 

Listed below are the people who have powerfully used their voices to make change happen and briefing links.

June 2010,  January 2012,  July 2012,  July 2013,  July 2014,  July 2015,  February 2016,  September 2016,  April 2017,  September 2017,  September 2018

2010 (Jun) Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant
2010 (Jun) Brent Kynoch, Environmental Information Association
2010 (Jun) Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, Occupational Health & Safety Section, American Public Health Association
2010 (Jun) Dr. Richard Lemen, Former Assistant Surgeon General, United States (ret)
2010 (Jun) John Walke, National Resource Defense Council
2010 (Jun) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2010 (Jun) Paul Zygielbaum, MS, MBA, Business Executive and Mesothelioma Patient
2012 (Jan) Arthur Frank, MD, PhD, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Drexel University School of Public Health
2012 (Jan) Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant
2012 (Jan) Brent Kynoch, Environmental Information Association
2012 (Jan) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2012 (Jan) Marilyn Amento, Mesothelioma Widow
2012 (Jul) Barbara McQueen, Mesothelioma Widow of Steve McQueen
2012 (Jul) Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant
2012 (Jul) Brent Kynoch, Environmental Information Association
2012 (Jul) Dr. Richard Lemen, Former Assistant Surgeon General, United States (ret)
2012 (Jul) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2013 (Jul) Dr. Barry Castleman, Environmental Consultant
2013 (Jul) Dr. Raja Flores, Chief of Division of Thoracic Surgery, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
2013 (Jul) Dr. Richard Lemen, Former Assistant Surgeon General, United States (ret)
2013 (Jul) Ellen Patton, Mesothelioma Patient
2013 (Jul) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2013 (Jul) Tom Laubenthal, Technical Chief, The Environmental Institute
2014 (Jul) Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant
2014 (Jul) Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM
2014 (Jul) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2014 (Jul) Sandra Neuenschwander, Mesothelioma Victim
2014 (Jul) Tony Rich, Industrial Hygienist
2015 (Jul) Ann Samuelson, Mesothelioma Victim (OR)
2015 (Jul) Heather Von St. James, Mesothelioma Patient (MN)
2015 (Jul) Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson (CA)
2015 (Jul) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2015 (Jul) Mike Mattmuller, Mesothelioma Patient (MD)
2016 (Feb) Annamarie Kearns, Mesothelioma Patient (UT)
2016 (Feb) Heather Von St. James, Mesothelioma Patient (MN)
2016 (Feb) Julie Gundlach, Mesothelioma Patient (MO)
2016 (Feb) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2016 (Feb) Marilyn Amento, Mesothelioma Widow (PA)
2016 (Sep) Andy Igrejas, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF)
2016 (Sep) Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant
2016 (Sep) Brent Kynoch, Environmental Information Association
2016 (Sep) Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
2016 (Sep) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2016 (Sep) Mark Catlin, American Public Health Association (APHA)
2016 (Sep) Mike Mattmuller, Mesothelioma Patient
2017 (Apr) Carrie McNamara, Asbestos Victim (IA)
2017 (Apr) Julie Gundlach, Mesothelioma Patient (MO)
2017 (Apr) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2017 (Apr) Robin Tucker, Asbestos Victim (OH)
2017 (Apr) Scott Slesigner, Legislative Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
2017 (Sep) Andy Igrejas, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF)
2017 (Sep) Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant
2017 (Sep) Brent Kynoch, Environmental Information Association
2017 (Sep) Dr. Raja Flores, Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center
2017 (Sep) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2017 (Sep) Pat Morrison, International Association of Firefighters
2018 (Sep) Dr. Raja Flores, Chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
2018 (Sep) Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
2018 (Sep) Mike Mattmuller, Mesothelioma Patient
2018 (Sep) Pat Morrison, International Association of Firefighters
2018 (Sep) Robert Sussman, Former EPA Deputy Administrator and Senior Policy Counsel to the EPA Administrator
2018 (Sep) Scott Faber, Vice President of Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group