Conference Speakers


Alana Belle
A self-labeled "accidental organizer," Alana began her social justice work in Cleveland in 2014 focusing on racial and economic justice before finding her home in RJ. Having presented at Galvanize Ohio and Kinks, Locks, and Twists 2017, Alana takes every chance to engage and educate her community on ways support and uplift Black women, femmes, and girls.
Aliza (uh-LEE-zuh) Worthington
Aliza Worthington is a writer, editor, and activist. She tries not to be problematic white lady, does clinic defense, and moderates discussions in large groups on Facebook. She is a four-time BlogHer Voices of the Year award recipient (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017). You can find her writing on her blog, The Worthington Post, and at The Broad Side, Purple Clover, Kveller, and Salon.
Amber Batts
Sex worker deemed sex trafficker from Alaska, where consensual sex workers organized together for safety and security is sex trafficking according to legislation. In 2014 I was charged for sex trafficking due to operating a progressive coalition business featuring sex workers. I was sentenced to 5.5 years and currently I am on discretionary parole.
Avital Norman Nathman
Avital Norman Nathman is an editor for GrokNation and a freelance writer who writes about everything from parenting to pot and pop culture. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, VICE, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, and more. Find her tweeting at @TheMamafesto.
Bhavik Kumar, MD, MPH
Bhavik currently works as an abortion provider in Texas and serves as the medical director for the four Whole Woman's Health clinics in Texas. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Albert Einstein COM in Bronx, NY and returned to his home state afterwards. He is public about his work with an aim to reduce abortion stigma and increase visibility of abortion providers.
Bianca I Laureano, MA, CSE
Bianca is an award-winning sexologist, curriculum writer, and educator. She is a foundress of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), the LatiNegrxs Project, and hosts Bianca has published two curricula and provides workshops and trainings on justice for seasoned educators.
Brienne Colston
Brienne Colston is a Black queer feminist youth worker, facilitator, and community organizer hailing from the South Bronx. Colston is the founder of Brown Girl Recovery, a collective dedicated to prioritizing healing justice and providing community spaces to womxn of color in the Bronx and other uptown areas through social justice programming and events. A graduate of Lawrence University with degrees in Gender Studies and History, Colston found her passion in small town grassroots organizing and resistance work. In addition to working with BGR, Colston serves as a racial justice & political education facilitator for an array of small community-based organizations including the Audre Lorde Project, and directs their first-ever queer/trans/non-binary POC choir! She has facilitated healing justice-based workshops and community gatherings at institutions such as the United Nations, the Posse Foundation, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Black Women's Blueprint, and Spelman College. A self-described "fatBlackSUPERwomxn," Colston is eager to hold space for dope Black and Brown femmes everywhere!
Charmaine Lang
Charmaine spends her time Chicago style steppin’ in Milwaukee, daydreaming about what it would be like to have an Ooloi in her life and writing her dissertation. She is a fellow of Echoing Ida where she explores the intersections of class, wellness, and pleasure amongst Black women, and connects it to the long tradition of Black women’s activism.
Christina Marie Martinez
Christina Marie Martinez is an Early Childhood Educator and co-founder of She resides in Sacramento, CA.
Cole Park
Cole Parke has degrees in theology and conflict transformation, and has been working at the intersections of faith, gender, and sexuality as an activist, organizer, and scholar for more than a decade. Their research and writing examines the infrastructure, mechanisms, strategies, and effects of the Religious Right on LGBTQ people and reproductive rights, both domestically and internationally, always with an eye toward collective liberation.
Deborah Ortiz
Deborah Ortiz is a legal assistant in a small personal injury firm in Los Angeles. She is also one of the co-chairs for the Los Angeles Chapter for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, a member of Planned Parenthood Young Professionals in Los Angeles, and mentor for a community-based nonprofit photography organization for young women called Las Fotos Project.
Elisha Nain
Elisha Nain is a writer, producer, and singer living in Savannah, GA. She believes her multi-ethnic family, musical-loving Grandma Susan, and a near-death experience in Paris drove her to write. Nain is currently writing a narrative entitled, "How to be a Jewish Afro-Latina from Virginia."
Erin Matson
Erin Matson is co-founder and co-director of Reproaction, a direct action group formed to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Farah Diaz-Tello
Farah is a human rights attorney dedicated to the pursuit of reproductive justice, with a focus on dignity, self-determination, and freedom from violence and coercion in pregnancy and the full spectrum of pregnancy outcomes. She is Senior Counsel for the SIA Legal Team, and serves on the Board of All-Options.
Guadalupe Ambrosio
Guadalupe Ambrosio is co-director at the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the first undocumented youth-led organization in the state. She is dedicated to youth leadership and believes that it is important to center their experience and ideas in order to create lasting change. She started her work in body positivity in 2011 and has been a lead advocate in New York City since doing workshops to young girls of color about FAT Acceptance.
Haylin Belay
With nearly a decade of hands-on experience teaching and developing sexual health education programming for youth and adults, Haylin Belay believes all people — regardless of age, orientation, identity, ability, or libido — deserve an integrated sex life and the safe pursuit of pleasure. She specializes in providing medically accurate information alongside the social, emotional, and cultural competencies needed to put that information to use.
Jaclyn Dean
Jaclyn is the Policy Associate for the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), where she manages the organization’s policy advocacy efforts in reproductive rights and immigrant rights. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and is the proud daughter of Taiwanese immigrants. Jaclyn holds a BA from Rice University and a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government.
Jamarah Amani
Jamarah Amani is a community midwife and mother of four. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for birth justice locally, nationally and globally. A community organizer from the age of 16, Jamarah has worked with several organizations across the United States, the Caribbean, and in Africa on various public health issues. She is currently the director of Southern Birth Justice Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Jenna Torres
Jenna Torres is a community advocate and human rights supporter. She is a published author, spoken word artist, entrepreneur, and above all a proud mother to three beautiful children! She believes people have agency to make the best decisions possible in order to survive. She defends them and works with communities to build realistic solutions to real life problems like violence, poverty, and discrimination. Jenna’s vision is to empower communities often overlooked and overcriminalized.
Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams is a domestic violence advocate with Freedom Inc.. Jessica's domestic violence work is catered toward and culturally specific to the black community. During her time in Madison she became increasingly aware of the racial disparities that exist in the city. After a string of high profile deaths of black teens at the hands of police she became actively involved in local movements and community organizing.
Joy Messinger
Joy Messinger is a queer, disabled, femme organizer of spreadsheets, funding, and people to build sustainability, healing, wellness, and power for reproductive justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, migrant, and POC communities. As Third Wave Fund's Program Officer, she oversees Third Wave's rapid response, multi-year general support, and capacity building grantmaking and supports its cross-sector philanthropic advocacy.
Kaleb Oliver Dornheim
Kaleb Dornheim is 25, poor, trans/nonbinary, queer, mentally ill, Baltimore and Hudson Valley grounded, has their Masters in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies concentrating in Trans Studies Education, and works at GMHC as a Sexual and Reproductive Advocate for TGNC folks. When they aren't working or doing activism, they like being around farm animals, plants, and engaging in Kardashian Discourse.
Latishia James, M.Div.
Latishia James is a trauma-informed facilitator, counselor, and advocate with almost 10 years of experience in sexual and reproductive justice. After earning her Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion, Latishia began a consulting practice, where she supports survivors of religious and/or sexual trauma, facilitates workshops, and provides faith-based counseling to people making an array of reproductive decisions.
Lauren Boc
Lauren Boc is the State Public Policy Associate at Physicians for Reproductive Health. Lauren works with health care providers and reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates around the country to bring the provider voice into state-level reproductive health policy advocacy by providing opportunities for policy engagement, technical assistance, and supportive trainings to health care providers.
La Loba Loca is a TortaQueer Feminista Abortista, Chocolla, Andina, South American migrant, artist, researcher, writer, handpoke tattooist, full spectrum companion/doula, aspiring midwife student, seed-saver, gardener, and yerbetera. Loba is currently based in Los Angeles, CA but constantly travels across Turtle Island and Abya Yala to facilitate shares and circles on herbalism, plant relations, social justice, healing justice, and autonomous health. In the past years, Loba has been delving into creating educational material and providing consulations/comadreo online to ensure the work is accessible to all. Loba is invested on disseminating information with the hope that self-knowledge and (re)cognition of abuelita knowledge will create a future where we can depend on ourselves and communities.
Lucia Leandro Gimeno
Lucia Leandro Gimeno is an Afro-Latinx, gender non-conforming mascish femme, counselor/bruja/organizer based in Seattle. Born and raised by loud mouth working class dykes in Boston, he was taught that love is most definitely a verb. For nearly 20 years they organized with queer and trans communities of color in NYC. Currently they are the Director of the QTPOC Birthwerq Project, an organization dedicated to mending the disconnect between trans and reproductive justice through birthwerqer trainings & movement building.
Madeline McCubbins
Madeline McCubbins is a poor queer femme from Kentucky, who began organizing for reproductive rights and freedom as a student on University of Louisville's campus. Last summer, she was awarded a RRASC internship and worked with the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center in South Dakota. She currently serves on Planned Parenthood’s Young Leaders Advisory Council.
Marlo Barrera
Marlo is a founding member of ReJAC, which recently launched the Plan B NOLA text and healthline. Plan B NOLA distributes free and by-donation emergency contraception through a city-wide network of Community Support Members and Community Outposts. She is a New Orleans native interested in building more and stronger organizing relationships and support systems across the south.
Marylouise Kuti
Marylouise has worked to support young parents and their families in New Mexico and across the nation in breaking down barriers to accessing education, health care and other resources and supports.
Misty Rojo
While serving a ten year sentence in a California prison, Misty became politicized by peers inside and organizations they were involved in. Four years after her release she became a staff member at Justice Now, and subsequently the first formerly incarcerated Co-Director, a position she remained in for three years. In her time at Justice Now she passed three state level bills, including SB 1135, the prison anti-sterilization bill. All three bills were passed by working intersectionally with prison abolition and reproductive justice theories and partners.
Monica Simpson
Monica is the Executive Director of SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Monica has organized extensively against human rights violations, reproductive oppression, the prison industrial complex, racism and intolerance and is deeply invested in southern movement building. Because of her “artivism” Monica was named as a New Civil Rights Leader by Essence Magazine and chosen as one of Advocate Magazine’s 40 under 40 leaders.
Monserrat Ambrosio
My name is Monserrat Ambrosio, a 16 year old high school student who happens to be fat. My size has often impacted my interactions with doctors, clothes, and with myself. My goal is to create space for us to exist peacefully.
Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa
Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa is a 26 year old Kenyan freedom fighter, writer, and performer. Katwiwa is an internationally touring author, host, youth worker, social justice lecturer, teaching artist, and workshop leader who has spent her life at the intersection of arts, education, and activism. She works at Women With A Vision, Inc in New Orleans, is a member of BYP100, and is a proud auntie.
Nargis Aslami
Nargis is a 21 year old Afghan-American woman, majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst and pursuing the 5 College Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice Certificate. She has been one of the Student Group Co-Coordinators for CLPP for the past two years. In this position, she plans and facilitates weekly meetings on topics of reproductive justice and intersecting social justice movements, and plays a key role in organizing CLPP's annual conference. She also works as a rape crisis counselor and a medical advocate for survivors of sexual assault. Nargis is just around the corner from graduating from UMass, and plans to attend law school within the next year or two to continue pursuing social justice work.
Natalie Kopke
Natalie’s passion for reproductive justice is fueled by her past and current work with organizations striving to advance reproductive and sexual rights at the local, national, and international level. Outside of the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP), Natalie sits on the Young Women of Color Advisory Council by Advocates for Youth and is a Spanish case manager with the New York Abortion Access Fund. She plans to pursue graduate studies in public health policy.
Nia Weeks
Nia Weeks the director of Policy and Advocacy at Women With A Vision, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a native of New Orleans, and has spent years fighting for the rights of women, children, and families. As a former public defender and the inaugural Director of Policy and Advocacy for WWAV, her goals for the department is to cover not only broad, national trends, but also take a specific deep dive into the conditions of all Black women.
Nicole Clark, LMSW
Nicole Clark is a licensed social worker, reproductive justice activist, and owner of Nicole Clark Consulting, where she works with POC and women-led organizations to design, implement, and evaluate culturally responsive programming and services for women and girls of color, with a racial justice and intersectional analysis.
Nikia Paulette
Nikia Paulette is a grassroots organizer with Planned Parenthood of the St Louis Region, working at the intersections of race, class, and gender towards reproductive justice. Paulette is a board member of the Gateway Access Fund and a current story teller with National Network of Abortion Funds We Testify program. She also has a 9 year old daughter.
NikoTiare is a shapeshifting queer of color currently based in Pomona, CA. Niko's work currently centers on facilitating support groups for trans students. At the core of their work, Niko aims to make theoretical models of identity development accessible through empowering individuals to share knowledge and experiences with each other. Niko believes a healthy, sustainable community begins with attempting to understand ourselves and each other.
Nina Nicole Zamarripa
Nina is a Chicana from the border town of Pharr, Texas. She's a fourth year student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley majoring in Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry. She's an advocate for reproductive justice, immigration rights, and mental health — as well as dismantling machismo/marianismo in the RGV.
Nnennaya Amuchie
Nnennaya Amuchie is a reproductive justice attorney and published author. Nnennaya is also an organizer within the Movement for Black Lives as the co-chair of BYP100 DC chapter and organizer with BIN (Black Immigrant Network), and co-organizer with the DMV Mama’s Bail Out team. Nnennaya brings her organizing and policy expertise to the All* Above All team in her role as State Strategies Manger where she works with State and Local Labs to advance strategies that increase abortion access to All* people. Nnennaya received her Juris Doctorate & Master in Business Administration from Santa Clara University School of Law and received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.
Oriaku Njoku
Oriaku Njoku, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Access Reproductive Care - Southeast, works at the intersection of abortion access and reproductive justice. She and the ARC-Southeast team supports Southerners in navigating pathways to accessing safe, affordable, and compassionate abortion care through funding, logistics, and advocacy. Connect with her @oreawku on Twitter — all views her own.
Pamela Merritt
Pamela Merritt is an activist and writer committed to empowering individuals and communities through reproductive justice. A proud Midwesterner, Merritt is dedicated to protecting and expanding access to the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare.
Renae Taylor
Renae Taylor is a 43 year old Non-Binary Trans person located in Memphis, TN. Renae is involved in many social and racial justice organizations. Renae is also a member of their local HIV Care and Prevention Planning Group.
Rev. Rob Keithan
Rev. Rob Keithan is the Minister of Social Justice at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington, DC. His passion is working for long-term culture change in ways that engage the complex issues of religion, race, morality, and reproductive health.
Sadia Arshad
Sadia Arshad is a virtual educator with HEART Women and Girls. Born and raised in Miami, studied up in Boston, and enjoying Atlanta, she is a public health reproductive justice nerd, focused on South Asian and Muslim community health needs.
Sara C. Flowers, DrPH
Sara is an advocate for evidence-informed practice and emotional intelligence in sexuality health education. Her research interests focus on fidelity and adaptation of sexuality health education curricula, and other sexual health topics as they relate to disparities, youth of color, and abortion access. Sara holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from CUNY School of Public Health & Health Policy.
Shireen Rose Shakouri
Shireen is a proud DC voter and Campaign Lead at Reproaction. Formerly a Middle East/South Asia foreign policy analyst, she turned to reproductive justice work a year ago after spending years volunteering for pro-choice and sexual health causes in college (GWU '13) and thereafter. She is Iranian and Italian-American, and loves to cook those cuisines and almost everything else.
Susan Yanow, MSW
Susan Yanow works to expand access to abortion domestically and internationally. She is a cofounder of Women Help Women, an international organization that provides medication abortion services, and EASE (Expanding Abortion Services in the South). Susan coordinates the Later Abortion Initiative at Ibis Reproductive Health. She serves on the Boards of the ACLU of Massachusetts, Nurses for Sexual & Reproductive Health, and Social Workers for Reproductive Justice.
Taja Lindley
Taja Lindley is an artist based in Brooklyn. She is the founder of Colored Girls Hustle, and a member of Echoing Ida and Harriet's Apothecary. // //
Yana Tallon-Hicks
Yana Tallon-Hicks is a therapist, sex columnist, and a consent, sex and sexuality writer and educator living in Northampton, MA. She is a graduate of Hampshire College where she studied LGBTQ+ community and sex education, and is a RRASC alum. Her work centers around the belief that pleasure-positive and consent-based sex education can positively impact our lives and the world.
zahra alabanza, cassius alabanza, marley alabanza
Zahra is a life enthusiast. She is a mother, organizer, creative, and adventurer. A project starting, wandering, overlover and outdoor junkie. She utilizes space curation, outdoor adventure, food justice, yoga(ing), and being a creative as the root of her community organizing efforts to enhance the quality of life among Black folk. Her work centers Black women and children and meets at the intersection of justice, living in one's values, healing, quality of life and Black Liberation. She is humbly a co-visionary of the Anna Julia Cooper Learning and Liberation Center where her insights and skills further the development of liberatory living and learning spaces. Currently she serves as the Conference Organizer for the Money for Our Movements National Conference, Co-Founder of Black Freedom Outfitters, and Red, Bike and Green-Atlanta. Cassius is the eldest of the #cassiusandmarley brother duo. He uses cooking, his artistic abilities, and humor to make people happy. He enjoys playing basketball and riding his penny board. In his spare time he likes planting garlic. marley is the youngest in the #cassiusandmarley brother duo. He loves people and talking. He likes drawing, building lego cities, and sharing random facts. He is excited about learning how to build and draw better.