Rocio has more than 20 years of experience advancing sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice on behalf of low-income women, women of color, and young people. Most recently, Rocio served as program officer with the Gender, Sexuality and Program at the Ford Foundation, where she managed the Youth Sexuality, Reproductive Health and Rights and the Sexuality Research Initiatives. There, she focused on cultivating programs to advance youth sexual and reproductive rights through mobilization, advocacy, and groundbreaking community-informed research. Rocio’s innovative program design resulted in the integration of communications, digital media and original television content, while supporting young people’s leadership and voice to engage influential audiences and transform stigmatizing cultural narratives. Rocio has been a longstanding leader and supporter of the reproductive justice movement on the national, state and grassroots levels. Rocio co-founded and was executive director of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, where she spearheaded efforts to advance Latinas’ leadership in reproductive health, rights and justice policy from a community-based perspective. While in California, Rocio worked in coalition to defeat three parental notification ballot initiatives, highlighting the detrimental effect of these policies on young Latinas and their families. Her career includes over a decade of leading public interest and civil rights litigation, raising constitutional challenges and securing remedies to advance the rights of low-income women, communities of color, and young people. This includes stints as staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California and NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund; staff attorney fellow with the ACLU’s National Reproductive Freedom Project; the Kennedy/Coleman Fellow with the ACLU of Illinois; and director of public affairs at UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access. Rocio has been published in diverse publications, including The Huffington Post and the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.