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On December 31, 2012, Surrogate Kristin Booth Glen delivered a novel decision in the State of New York terminating a guardianship appointed pursuant to Article 17-A of the Surrogate's Court Procedures Act. Relying in part on Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, she found that Dameris, the petitioner, "has demonstrated that she is able to exercise her legal capacity, to make and act on her own decisions, with the assistance of a support network which has come together for her since she first appeared in this court. Terminating the letters of guardianship previously granted to Cruz and Alberto recognizes them, instead, as persons assisting and supporting her autonomy, not superseding it. Terminating the guardianship recognizes and affirms Dameris's constitutional rights and human rights."