Reproductive Justice Fund Grantee Partners (2014)
Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)
Anchorage, AK | www.akaction.org | Grant: $60,000
ACAT is an environmental health and justice organization working primarily with
Alaska Native communities to prevent exposures to toxics, protect ecosystems,
and hold corporations and the military accountable. ACAT’s Environmental Reproductive Justice Project addresses local,
national, and international policies linking environmental contaminants and the
major reproductive justice concerns of Native villages: premature and still
births, birth defects, poor infant health, involuntary infertility, spontaneous
abortions, endometriosis, and reproductive cancers. In 2013, ACAT
helped win a global ban on the chemical HBCD, a reproductive toxicant widely
found in building insulation. In 2012, ACAT
worked with the
International Indian Treaty Council to draft and prompt passage of a National
Congress of American Indians’ resolution calling on the U.S. government to
ratify and implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
(POPs); POPs, found in breast milk of Arctic women, harm reproductive health. In 2010 and 2011, ACAT helped win both
domestic and international bans on endosulfan (a pesticide linked to
reproductive toxicity in humans and to breast cancer).
Oakland, CA | www.cahealthynailsalons.org | Grant: $45,000
Comprised of more than 35 public health, environmental and reproductive justice organizations, educational institutions, public agencies, and nail salon workers and owners, the Collaborative addresses the environmental and reproductive health and justice issues facing nail salon workers through integrated policy advocacy, research, outreach, and education strategies. The Collaborative manages the National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance (NHNSA), which coordinates local, regional, and national initiatives to improve nail salon worker health and safety. In 2013, the Collaborative successfully advocated for the launch of Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Programs in Alameda County and the City of Santa Monica. In 2012, the Collaborative partnered with the CA Occupational Safety Health and Administration to produce a workplace guide, published in Vietnamese as well as English, for nail salon workers detailing state standards; this guide served as the basis for the federal OSHA guide released in 2013. In 2010, it helped enact San Francisco’s Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program, which publicly recognizes salons that do not use products containing the “Toxic Trio,” the chemicals tolouene, dibutyl phthyalate, and formaldehyde. The Collaborative received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Award in 2007. More »
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ)
Los Angeles, CA | www.clrj.org | Grant: $30,000
Founded in 2004, CLRJ is a statewide policy and advocacy organization promoting the reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice of California Latinas through social justice and human rights frameworks. CLRJ supports public policy that guarantees all Latinas (including low-income, undocumented, LGBTQ and youth), their families and communities access to culturally and linguistically appropriate, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased reproductive and sexuality health information and services. It accomplishes this goal through grassroots organizing, culturally-based policy advocacy, alliance-building, community education and communications strategies to educate and mobilize Latinas at local and state levels. To build a powerful foundation for the RJ movement in California, CLRJ collaborates with more than 2,500 individuals and 100 organizations, coalitions and networks, and engages other sectors such as immigrant rights, youth organizing and health care reform. Recent organizing victories include: mobilizing over 30 Latina/o advocacy, social justice, and reproductive health, rights and justice organizations to win the removal of anti-abortion billboards in Los Angeles in 2011 and contributing to the defeat of Proposition 4, CA’s third consecutive parental notification ballot measure, through the California RJ Alliance, convened with Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice.
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
Denver, CO | www.colorlatina.org | Grant: $30,000
protects and promotes Latina reproductive health and justice by engaging young CO
Latinas and their families in education, leadership development, civic
participation, community organizing, and policy advocacy. . In 2013, COLOR helped win expansion of
Medicaid in CO under the Affordable Care Act, and the passage of HB 1081, which
establishes a grant program for schools implementing CSE. In 2011, COLOR secured
a state resolution for comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), and helped win
expansion of regulations permitting direct entry midwives to practice in CO and
providing women with certain prescription medications. In 2010, COLOR helped
win a statewide ban on the practice of shackling incarcerated women during
labor and delivery. Over the years, COLOR has also played a leading role in
defeating several different statewide fetal personhood ballot measures.
Faith Aloud (FA)
St. Louis, MO | www.FaithAloud.org | Grant: $42,500
Bringing together people of diverse faiths through its work with multiple religious communities in MO, Faith Aloud promotes reproductive justice, sexual autonomy, and access to reproductive health care. Working in four key areas - providing a peaceful, supportive presence at clinics; training in all-options and reproductive loss pastoral care; community education; and public policy -- Faith Aloud plays a unique role in the reproductive justice movement. The organization works with faith leaders to provide counseling and support to women making decisions about their reproductive health and rights, and trains clinicians and health care providers to consider women's faith when providing services to them. In 2013, Faith Aloud helped win a county-wide policy in St. Louis that
protects LGBTQI people from discrimination in housing and employment. In 2012, Faith Aloud Helped defeat Two Bills in the state legislature that would have allowed pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception and reached an audience of over 1.75 million people through its media efforts.
Oakland,CA | www.forwardtogether.org | Grant: $60,000
develops the reproductive justice movement’s infrastructure and capacity to
forge strategic alliances with other social justice movements and to take
collective action. In Oakland, FT supports youth organizing for comprehensive
sex education in the Oakland Public Schools District. FT has played a lead role in defeating three
statewide parental notification ballot initiatives in CA and is currently a
member of the national Coalition for Abortion Access and Reproductive Equity
(CAARE) to protect and expand public funding for abortion. Launched in 2010,
FT’s Strong Families Initiative is a
national effort to change the way people think, feel, and support families so
that every member of every type of family has the opportunity to thrive. Strong Families convened its first
national summit in 2012, which was attended by 130 leaders from over 60
organizations across the country and resulted in a national policy task force
to guide campaign development and strategy, and a communications cohort to
integrate Strong Families messaging
into members’ work. In 2011, FT led a rapid response, multiracial coalition of
10 organizations and gathered over 4,000 signatures on a petition to remove
racist, anti-choice billboards in Oakland. In 2005, FT authored and published A New Vision, which has become the
most widely used definition of reproductive justice in the U.S.
Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH)
Chicago, IL | www.icah.org | Grant: $30,000
ICAH is a statewide policy and grassroots advocacy organization that creates positive approches to adolescent health and parenting. ICAH advocates for comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in public schools across IL and educates young people and youth advocates about STI prevention and access to condoms and other contraceptives. In 2013, ICAH was part of a coalition effort that won passage of CSE in the state of IL; it is also part of an ongoing effort to repeal the state’s parental notification law. In 2012, ICAH stopped the Chicago Public School system from adopting sex ed guidelines that would have limited the use of the word abortion and given school principals power to override district policy and prevent condom demonstrations. In 2011, ICAH released it Organizing for Policy Change Toolkit, a step-by-step guide for changing local school board policy on sex education, and organized support for the IL Personal Responsiblity Education Program.
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)
San Francisco, CA | www.prisonerswithchildren.org | Grant: $30,000
Since 1978, LSPC has advocated for the human rights and empowerment of incarcerated parents, children, and family members, and people at risk of incarceration in CA. LSPC’s multifaceted approach includes grassroots organizing, legal advocacy, policy advocacy, leadership development, and coalition building to develop strong support for incarcerated women and their families and communities. LSPC’s Family Unity Project improves conditions of confinement for pregnant women, and supports incarcerated people to maintain relationships with children while serving time and to achieve family reunification upon release. In 2013, LSPC won a bill preventing state and county employers from asking about criminal convictions on job application forms. In 2012, LSPC advocacy helped win a bill that prohibits CA prisons, youth authority, county jails, and juvenile detention facilities from shackling pregnant women around the belly or ankles or handcuffing them behind the back at any point in their pregnancy. It also successfully blocked efforts to separate women and children housed in mother-infant facilities under CA’s prison realignment and won an expansion of eligibility requirements to enable more incarcerated mothers to access these facilities.
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW)
New York, NY | www.advocatesforpregnantwomen.org | Grant: $50,000
NAPW advances reproductive justice by advocating for the health, rights, and dignity of all pregnant women. Through a combination of legal advocacy, organizing, and public education, NAPW challenges the criminalization of abortion, as well as “personhood” measures and civil and criminal prosecutions designed to establish separate rights for fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses, and deprive pregnant women of their constitutional rights. NAPW plays a leadership role in a national network of over 2,000 local and national activists challenging the prevailing pro-life/pro-choice framework and demanding that the intersecting issues of pregnancy, drug policy, mental health, and HIV are addressed as public health issues rather than as crimes. In 2013, NAPW held its third annual Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice conference during which more than 200 students, faculty and community members from OK, KS, TX, and other “red” states explored abortion, reproductive justice, and activism.
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)
New York, NY | www.latinainstitute.org | Grant: $50,000
NLIRH advocates for the right to reproductive health for Latinas, their families, and communities through public education, policy advocacy, and community mobilization. NLIRH focuses in three key areas: protecting and expanding access to abortion and other reproductive health services; eliminating reproductive health disparities; and advancing immigrant/Latina women’s rights. NLIRH is an active member of the Coalition for Abortion Access and Reproductive Equity (CAARE), co-founder of the 62-member National Coalition of Immigrant Women’s Rights and co-coordinator of the national Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice. NLIRH was a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging a federal restriction on over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception (EC) to women under 18 years of age; in 2013, a federal appeals court judge ruled that EC must be made available over-the-counter without delay and with no age restrictions. Also in 2013, NLIRH launched an advocacy campaign in partnership with the Center for Reproductive Rights to support Nuestro Texas, its human rights documentation efforts in TX. In 2012, NLIRH helped defeat a FL ballot initiative attempting to restrict public coverage of abortion care.
Native American Community Board (NACB)
Lake Andes, SD | www.nativeshop.org | Grant: $40,000
NACB was created to protect and sustain the rights, sovereignty, Life Ways, and natural resources of Indigenous peoples. NACB’s Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center houses a shelter for survivors of violence, and a clearinghouse of culturally specific women’s health education materials that are disseminated across North America. In 2012, NACB won the commitment of the IHS’s Chief Medical Officer to add over-the-counter distribution of EC for women aged 17 and over to its policies and protocols. NACB helped win the federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 that gives tribes more control over law enforcement on tribal land with the goal of reducing sexual assault against women. The organization was also involved in securing $300 million in federal funding in 2009 to support tribal law enforcement and Indian Health Services (IHS) to reduce the rate of sexual assault in Native communities and to improve services for women who are assaulted.
Raising Women’s Voices (RWV)
New York, NY | www.raisingwomensvoices.net | Grant: $20,000
Launched in 2007, RWV, a national collaborative of MergerWatch, the National Women’s Health Network, and the Black Women’s Health Imperative, elevates the reproductive health needs of all women within the health care reform movement. Through its field network of 26 regional coordinators covering 23 states and the District of Columbia, RWV informs women of color, low-income women, young women, immigrant women, and LGBT people are informed about the ACA and connects them to health care via state exchanges and expansion of state Medicaid programs. In 2012, RWV was part of a successful coalition effort to push the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to issue a new rule requiring private health insurance plans to cover key women’s preventive services, including contraceptive services, without charging out-of-pocket co-pays and deductibles.
Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
New York, NY | http://www.servicewomen.org/ | Grant: $25,000SWAN is a human rights organization created to transform military culture by securing equal opportunity and the freedom to serve in uniform without threat of harassment, discrimination, intimidation or assault. SWAN aims to reform veterans' services on a nationally to guarantee equal access to quality health care, benefits, and resources for women veterans and their families. In 2013, SWAN helped win the Shaheen Amendment, which gives service women and military families insurance coverage to pay for abortions in cases of rape or incent, thus bringing military women up to the minimal level of access provided by the Hyde Amendment. SWAN was also instrumental in pushing the Department of Defense to rescind its ban on women in combat in 2013.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
New York, NY | www.srlp.org | Grant: $30,000
Through a combination of litigation, advocacy, and leadership development, SRLP improves access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for gender non-conforming people. In 2013, SRLP launched a campaign to eliminate a NY State Medicaid regulation barring coverage of gender-affirming health care. In 2012, SRP successfully pushed the federal Department of Justice to include meaningful protections for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex people in the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, and in 2011, SRLP won a new policy guaranteeing transgender youth in foster care access to gender-affirming health care. In 2008, SRLP successfully pushed both the NY state agencies that oversee juvenile justice and foster care facilities to issue policies prohibiting discrimination against youth on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. In 2004, SRLP’s two-year campaign resulted in NYC guidelines prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
Washington, D.C. | http://www.urge.org/ | Grant: $55,000
A national, youth-led organization, URGE increases and sustains young people’s leadership in the reproductive justice movement. URGE coordinates 33 college and high school campus chapters in 22 states, training chapter leaders and supporting student-led organizing campaigns to expand reproductive health and rights information and services. URGE is an active member of the national Coalition for Abortion Access and Reproductive Equity (CAARE) to protect and expand public funding for abortion. In 2013, URGE’s CA-based chapters worked in coalition with RJ leaders across the state to ensure the passage of AB 154. In 2009, URGE national advocacy contributed to the passage of the Nominal Drug Pricing Provision of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, putting affordable contraception back in the hands of millions of students and low-income women. It also contributed to health care reform organizing efforts that raised the age through which youth can be covered on their parent’s insurance to 26, and ensured inclusion of contraceptive coverage as a preventative care service with no co-pay.
Western States Center (WSC)
Portland, OR | www.westernstatescenter.org | Grant: $45,000
is to build a powerful movement for social, economic, racial, and environmental
justice in the West. WSC strengthens grassroots organizing and community-based
leadership; supports long-term, strategic alliances among community and
progressive organizations; and develops the capacity of informed communities to
participate in public policy processes and elections. Its Gender Justice Program helps strengthen organizations’ reproductive
justice analysis and mobilize their bases to win critical public policy fights.
WSC is a state partner in the national CAARE campaign to protect and expand
public funding for abortion, and, in 2013, launched the We Are BRAVE initiative, designed to increase support for abortion
access among communities of color in OR and to build relationships between
organizations of color and traditional reproductive rights organizations.
West Virginia Focus: Reproductive Education and Equality (WV Free)
Charleston, WV | www.wvfree.org | Grant: $60,000
WV FREE is the state’s only advocacy organization committed solely to advancing reproductive justice, and is one of the few RJ organizations in Appalachia. WV FREE’s priorities are to protect access to abortion and emergency contraception, expand access to family planning, and implement comprehensive sexuality education. The organization uses social media and civic engagement strategies to build public awareness and participation in reproductive justice. WV FREE defeats an average of 60 anti-choice bills annually, and in 2013 was instrumental in winning a state law mandating public and private insurance maternity coverage for dependent daughters. In 2011, WV FREE advocacy helped ensure that WV’s health insurance exchange was created without any anti-choice amendments.
Young Women United (YWU)
Albuquerque, NM | www.youngwomenunited.org | Grant: $40,000
Created by and
for young women of color, YWU is an organizing project that helps young women
develop leadership skills, gain political awareness, and build power to
organize around important issues facing their communities. YWU was instrumental
in NM’s decision to become the fifteenth state to refuse federal funding for
abstinence-only education, and in the creation and implementation of reproductive
justice-friendly health standards and benchmarks for the NM Public Education Department.
YWU’s Mama’s Justice Project
offers a doula training program for young women of color and trains these young
women to become birth justice activists. It also hosts Sister Sharing Circles to help pregnant women and girls of color
access pregnancy education, lactation support, midwifery services, and natural
birth options, as well as to reclaim cultural birth practices. In 2013, YWU was on the Steering Committee of Respect ABQ Women, the coalition that
defeated the Albuquerque ballot measure that would have banned on
abortions after 20 weeks. In 2013, YWU also won the first statewide policy in
the nation mandating school districts and charter schools to develop absence
policies that support pregnant and parenting students. In 2012 and 2013, YWU
advocacy defeated state legislation that would have required minors to notify a
parent before accessing an abortion.