Posted on June 29, 2021 

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is excited to announce our 11th virtual zoom event: “ The Global Asbestos Fight for Human Rights and Justice.” The event will feature Barry Castleman, ScD; Ashok Ghosh PhD; Fernanda Giannasi, Gopal Krishna, PhD; Silvana Mossano, and Linda Reinstein. The event will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, July 21st at 12 PM EDT. 


As global leaders in asbestos prevention, the panel will discuss: 

  • How asbestos and the industry impacts human rights and civil justice around the globe
  • Fernanda will discuss Brazil’s asbestos mining, exports to the US, and policy advancements 
  • Gopal and Ashok will discuss how asbestos impacts Bihar, India and the numerous requests to build and operate asbestos plants in Bihar as an example of the national health crisis 
  • Silvana will discuss the new Eternit Trial in Italy and the community’s fight for human rights and justice
  • Barry and Linda will discuss a century of human rights violations in the U.S. and what ADAO is doing to end them through legal and legislative strategies 

Due to Zoom security, registration is required and space is limited. CLOSED

We encourage you to invite your friends and colleagues to this wonderful conversation.

As we always say, together, we make change possible!

Linda Reinstein

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Barry Castleman, ScD is an Environmental Consultant trained in chemical and environmental engineering. He holds a Doctor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has been a consultant to numerous agencies of the US government and other governments, international bodies, and environmental groups dealing with a wide range of public health issues. He has testified as an expert in civil litigation in the US on the history of asbestos as a public health problem and the reasons for failure to properly control asbestos hazards. Dr. Castleman has spent the past 40 years working on asbestos as a public health problem.

Ashok Ghosh, PhD is Chairman of Bihar State Pollution Control Board.He is also working as Professor and HoD, Research at Mahavir Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Patna.The main areas of his research is ground water quality and quantity. Dr. Ghosh has worked extensively on groundwater arsenic contamination and its health impact. 

Fernanda Giannasi is a Civil and Safety Engineer and ex-Labor Inspector for the Ministry of Labor and Employment for 30 years. She is the coordinator of the Virtual Citizen Ban Asbestos Network for Latin America, founder of the Brazilian Association of People Exposed to Asbestos (ABREA) and Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. She serves as an expert witness in judicial cases related to asbestos, nuclear and other toxic chemicals. The 2018 Ramazzini Award was presented to Engineer Giannasi by the Collegium Ramazzini for her leadership in the promotion of an asbestos-free Brazil and in broadening the rationale for supporting a worldwide ban on asbestos and was recognized as a hero of worker safety and health as well an exemplary public civil servant.

Gopal Krishna PhD has been a researcher and advocate on the subject of health hazards in hazardous industries like asbestos industry and ship breaking industry since 2000. He is the co-founder-convener of Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) and editor of BANI’s journal, Most recently he presented papers “Research on Chrysotile Asbestos: Failure of Ethics by National Institute of Occupational Health and National Human Rights Commission” at 14th World Congress of Bioethics in December, 2018. 

Silvana Mossano was born in Casale Monferrato (Piedmont, Northern Italy), where she lives. Now retired, Silvana worked as a journalist for 40 years and for 31 years at La Stampa. She primarily wrote about crime, as well as her community and education. She followed all the Eternit trials, writing tens and tens of articles in over 35 years. As a published author, she has written the novel «Il cortile (the Courtyard) » (ebook, Gruppo Gems) and «Un giorno arriverò (one day I will arrive)» (2012, Salani), di «Malapolvere (Bad Dust)» (2010, Edizioni Sonda) and «Morire d’amianto (Dying of Asbestos)» (2012, ebook, La Stampa, coauthor: Michele Brambilla) on the tragedies of Asbestos, analyzing the human side though the testimonies of the witnesses at the trials. In addition, she has written texts for theatre songs and also sings. Her site is

Linda Reinstein is the President/CEO and Co-Founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Reinstein became an activist when her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003. She co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization in 2004, and now serves as President and CEO.  Reinstein has been a strong political voice for justice in every major asbestos-related issue.