Conference Speakers

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Aimee Thorne-Thomsen
Aimee is a long-time reproductive justice activist whose work centers young people and developing their skills and leadership around the issues that most affect their lives. Currently, she is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Advocates for Youth, where she oversees and coordinates the development, implementation, and evaluation of Advocates' partnerships with youth activists and organizations in allied social justice movements.
Alana Belle
Alana has been involved in various social justice movements for a few years; she has influenced change in regards to local politics, racial justice, economic justice, and most recently, reproductive justice. The current Community Organizer for New Voices for Reproductive Justice - Cleveland, Alana welcomes every opportunity to engage people in the RJ movement.
Alison Ojanen-Goldsmith
Alison is an advocate, doula, and researcher whose work centers on herbal and home abortion, self-managed abortion, and peer-to-peer provision of abortion care and support through community networks. With over a decade of experience in reproductive health and justice research, direct service, and policy, she collaborates on creative projects that support and deepen our understanding of reproductive autonomy, abortion experiences, and safe abortion care.
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.
Allyna Steinberg
Allyna Steinberg became active in promoting sexual health after losing her uncle to AIDS in the early 1990s. Currently at the NYC Health Department, she co-leads health campaigns with reproductive justice advocates and diverse centered communities, organizes internally for Race to Justice, and teaches mindfulness and movement as a certified Alexander Technique teacher (addressing the role the body plays in healing from stress and trauma).
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.
Anissa Hélie
Anissa Hélie teaches History at John Jay College, CUNY, New York. She is active in the fields of sexuality, wars and conflicts, and religious fundamentalisms (and the unfortunate intersection of the three). She grew up in Algiers, Algeria, and has been involved with various women’s organizations and transnational networks since the 1980s.
Anne Hendrixson
Anne Hendrixson is the director of PopDev, the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College.
Ash Williams
Ash Williams is a trans non-binary femme from Fayetteville, NC. As a Black Lives Matter organizer, Ash has educated the NC community about state-sanctioned violence as it relates to trans and queer people of color. Since 2013, this work has included leading rapid response actions, building solidarity and coalitions across differences, developing press strategies, designing campaigns, educating and mobilizing people on social media, and training other organizers. Ash is a 2016 Human Rights Advocacy Fellow in Residence and Ignite NC Fellow (working against voter suppression), and won the Cyrus M. Johnson Award for Peace and Social Justice in 2014 and the Charlotte Pride Young Catalyst Award in 2016. They hold a master's in Ethics and Applied Philosophy and a bachelor's in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Ash is also a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher.
Ashley Nicole McCray
Ashley Nicole McCray is a grassroots indigenous organizer from the Oglala Lakota Nation and Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Ashley fights on behalf of indigenous liberation, racial justice, and the environment in Oklahoma and across Indian Country.
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.
Bebe Leistyna
Bebe is a full time high school student and finds joy doing justice work. Bebe became interested in social justice due to the powerful work of the Movement for Black Lives and especially Black Lives Matter. Bebe is excited to work with other young people to create change and is looking forward to finding a way to to use art as protest.
Bella Vendetta
Bella Vendetta is a veteran of the adult industry, as an award winning performer and director of fetish films, a sex workers' rights advocate, and as a stripper and professional Dominatrix with over 15 years of training and experience.
Bethany Van Kampen
Bethany Van Kampen serves as the Policy Analyst at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she is responsible for the abortion access and affordability portfolio. Bethany leads the federal policy work and supports the needs of the Latina Advocacy Networks (LANs) on issues related to abortion access and affordability. Prior to joining NLIRH as Policy Analyst, Bethany was a Women’s Policy Inc. legislative fellow in the office of Senator Barbara Boxer. Bethany received her law degree and Master of Social Work from Tulane University where she co-founded and served as President of the Tulane Law Students for Reproductive Justice and was a member of the Law & Sexuality Journal and the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic. While in graduate school, Bethany also served as a board member of the New Orleans Abortion Fund, as well as a founding member of the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and the Louisiana Judicial Bypass Project. She received her BA in Psychology from Tufts University.
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 LatinoSexuality.com. Bianca has published two curricula and provides workshops and trainings on justice for seasoned educators.
Brenda Hernandez
Brenda Hernandez is a higher education diversity professional and reproductive justice activist. She is a member of the Boston Abortion Support Collective. She has developed yoga workshops for those who have experienced reproductive loss and infertility. She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a JD from Pace Law School.
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!
Carter Klenk-Morse, Saoirse and Rowan
Carter Klenk-Morse is queer, anarchist mother and radical unschooler living with her partner and children, Rowan (8) and Saoirse (6), in rural Vermont. She is a facilitator, organizer, and trainer with two decades of experience. Carter is a former board member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, YouthAction, the Third Wave Foundation, and the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Cecilia Maria Gentili
Ms. Gentili currently serves as the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at GMHC, the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Originally from Argentina, Ms. Gentili started working as an intern at the LGBT Center in New York City, where she found her passion for advocacy and services. She went on to run the Transgender Health Program at Apicha CHC from 2012 to 2016. She is also a contributor to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, and is a collaborator with Translatina Network.
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.
Cherilyn Strader
Cherilyn is a full time student and full time activist whose interest in social and political activism peaked during the 2016 election when people’s rights and safety came under threat. She currently works as an intern at Represent.Us and as the co-chair of her school's chapter of the Massachusetts High School Democrats. She aims to empower high schoolers' voices and hopes to continue advocating for youth and other underrepresented voices in her lifetime.
Christina Marie Martinez
Christina Marie Martinez is an Early Childhood Educator and co-founder of noteenshame.org. She resides in Sacramento, CA.
Cole Parke
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.
Cora Fernandez Anderson
Cora Fernandez Anderson is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics at Mount Holyoke College. Her research focuses on women's movements in Latin America and the impact they have in shaping public policy. She is currently working on a book about the campaigns to decriminalize abortion in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.
Coya White Hat-Artichoker
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.
Dorian Taylor
Dorian Taylor is a gender nonbinary adaptive athlete for the U.S. paracanoe team. Paralyzed through police violence, autistic and living with lupus, they have survived homelessness, childhood institutionalization, and many other systemic forms of abuse. They now use those life experiences to continue to grow and shape the world around them in hopes to create social change.
Elaina Ramsey
Elaina serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. With a decade of campaign, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and communications experience at the intersections of faith and politics, Elaina has worked for various nonprofits and campaigns, including Sojourners, Women’s Action for New Directions, and Obama for America. She holds master's degrees in both Theological Studies and International Peace & Conflict Resolution.
Elisabeth Lamar
Elisabeth Lamar has advocated for safe and legal abortion since the age of 14. Her very first job was as a peer educator for Planned Parenthood where she helped organize a teen conference. Elisabeth holds a degree in Womxn's Studies and has served as a Sierra Club volunteer for the past five years.
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 Grant
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.
Hannah Biederman
Hannah is a reproductive health care fellow at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts. She attended the Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Family Medicine Residency in New York, NY.
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.
Helen Bolton
Helen is the Senior Program Associate for the U.S. Litigation Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Membership Coordinator for the Doula Project, where she also volunteers as a full spectrum doula.
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, Hadassah, Mahoro, Nalubaale and Mosiah
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.
Jane Liu
Jane Liu brings over ten years of experience in public interest litigation to her work as the Legal Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. NAPAWF is the only national, multi-issue Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women's organization in the country. Its mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls.
Janet Perez Valle
Janet Perez Valle is the Volunteer Coordinator and Community Organizer for Mixteca Organization located in Brooklyn, New York. As a directly impacted person, her work in immigration and with undocumented communities has inspired her to continue advocating and organizing in both her work and personal life.
Janet Valle Perez
Jasmine Banks
Jasmine is a queer Black feminist, a digital campaigner, community organizer, and licensed therapist.
Jasmine Errico
Jasmine is a full spectrum doula, mama to two, and person in recovery. She is a current Francis Perkins student at Mount Holyoke College, a graduate of Holyoke Community College, and RRASC' 16. She formerly worked as a full spectrum doula and childbirth educator with Prison Birth Project and currently works with the Franklin County Doula Collective as well as independently in Hampshire and Hampden county. Her mission is to provide free doula services to families at the intersections of substance use, incarceration, poverty, domestic violence, and parenting.
Jenifer Guzman
Jenifer Guzman is a junior in college majoring in psychology and political science, and planning on pursuing a career as a lawyer. She is a self-proclaimed feminist advocating for immigration and reproductive health rights.
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.
Jill McCracken
Dr. Jill McCracken is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the Co-Founder/Co-Director of Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) Behind Bars, an organization that provides community support for incarcerated sex workers and connects incarcerated sex workers in U.S. prisons and jails to the sex worker rights movement. Her primary areas of research focus on sex work and trafficking in the sex industry, the impact of sexuality education on marginalized communities, and women who are incarcerated.
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.
Julietta Chaparro
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.
Kate Silvette
Kate Silvette is a Native, Chicanx, disabled queer femme who works to hold and support others in the rocky realms of racial justice, decolonial reproductive justice, disability justice, and queer, POC parenthood. Silvette is a birth, abortion, and postpartum doula working as the Program Manager of the Birth Doula Services Program at Open Arms Perinatal Services.
Kebé
Kebé is the Program Coordinator for SIA Legal Team. She uses both legal advocacy and grassroots organizing as tools to shape law that supports all people in determining if, when, and how we will become pregnant and create family in safe communities, free from the threat of state and interpersonal violence. She hails from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and is a wanderer at heart.
Kelly Tellez
Kelly Tellez is a queer femme of Mexican descent from Brooklyn, the child of working class immigrants, and a first generation college graduate. Since graduating, Kelly has been supporting her community as an Sadie Nash ELLA fellow at Mixteca Organization and as an abortion doula with the NY Doula Project.
Kris Keen
Over the past 7 years Kris has dedicated their time to various nonprofit arts and culture and issue-based campaigns to support working class youth of color in Philadelphia. For the past two years Kris worked as a youth organizer servicing Black and Brown youth who were pushed out of and disinvested in by traditional public schools of Philadelphia. Kris is now using that experience to influence their work as a community organizer dedicated to developing Black women, fems, and girls in partnership with LGBTQIA organizations to achieve health and wellness through centering a reproductive justice framework.
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.
Laura Riker
Laura is the Senior Program Manager at the Reproductive Health Access Project, where she organizes primary care clinicians from across the country to work together to expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care in primary care. Laura is a social worker with a background in Women’s Studies, and has previously worked in community mental health and interpersonal violence prevention. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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.
Lill Hewko
Lill Hewko, a queer, trans nonbinary, mixed-Latinx from a working-class background, is a prison abolitionist and reproductive justice lawyer focusing on race, gender, child welfare, incarceration, and healing. Lill co-founded the Incarcerated Parents Project and the Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project, and is a founding board member of Surge Reproductive Justice. Lill is an attorney at the Transgender Law Center and works with QTPOC Birthwerq Project.
Lisbeth M Rivera
Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera is a 30+ year veteran of the LGBTQ and labor movements. Lisbeth has extensive experience organizing and training at the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, and culture, specifically as they relate to communities of color. Lisbeth has crisscrossed the country training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development, and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective. She has also done extensive work supporting LGBTQ leaders in America Latina.
Lizamarie Mohammed
Lizamarie Mohammed is the State Issues Manager at the Guttmacher Institute. She is responsible for analyzing legislative, regulatory, and judicial actions on reproductive health issues, tracking state policy developments, and monitoring state trends across the country. Before joining the Institute, Lizamarie worked on state policy issues for Catholics for Choice. She graduated from Skidmore College and earned her JD from Seattle University School of Law.
Loba
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.
Lorena García Zermeño
Lorena García Zermeño is the Program Coordinator for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and spearheads our Justice for Young Families (J4YF) initiative, where she works closely with CLRJ’s amazing young parent leaders. She graduated in 2014 from UC Santa Cruz and double majored in Anthropology and Feminist Studies with a concentration in Law, Politics and Social Change.
Loretta J. Ross
Loretta J. Ross was the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012. She helped create the theory of "Reproductive Justice" in 1994 and led a rape crisis center in the 1970s. She co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice in 2004, and Reproductive Justice: An Introduction in 2017.
Lorne Batman
Lorne serves as the Online Community Manager at Lady Parts Justice League, a reproductive rights nonprofit that brings support to independent clinics across the U.S. and uses humor and pop culture to expose haters fighting to end abortion access. She is a graduate of Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Her favorite moment of all time was officiating her moms' wedding in 2015. #LoveWins
Lucia Leandro Gimeno
Lydia James
Lydia James is a full spectrum doula focused on creating spaces and opportunities for people to exercise self-determination and bodily autonomy. After almost a decade in feminist and RJ spaces, she believes we can only have true reproductive justice when there are fewer gatekeepers over our reproductive lives.
Lynn Roberts, PhD
Lynn Roberts is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Sciences at the CUNY School of Public Health. Prior to joining CUNY, she oversaw the development, implementation, and evaluation of several prevention programs for women and youth in NYC. Dr. Roberts’ current activism and scholarship examines the intersections of race, class, and gender in adolescent dating relationships, juvenile justice, and reproductive health policies, as well as the impact of models of collaborative inquiry and teaching on civic and political engagement. She is co-editor and contributing author of the anthology Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique (Feminist Press, 2017).
Madeline Blodgett
Madeline Blodgett, MPH is a facilitative leader, researcher, and collaboration designer leveraging empathy, evidence, and human-centered design to create culture change.
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.
mai doan
mai is queer writer, facilitator, and healing justice lover living in Chicago, IL. she brings over 10 years of experience as a youth worker and advocate focused on gender and reproductive justice to her position as a Program Assistant with the Third Wave Fund.
Marlene Gerber Fried
Marlene Gerber Fried is a scholar and long-time advocate for abortion access and reproductive justice. She is Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College and Faculty Director of CLPP. She serves on the board of the Abortion Rights Fund of Western MA and Our Bodies Ourselves, is a consultant to Women Help Women, and is currently a Global Scholar at the O’Neill Institute at Georgetown Law School.
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.
Mickey Thomas
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.
Namrata Jacob
Namrata Jacob is a reproductive justice activist, recent college graduate, diasporic South Asian gal, and strong believer that anything can be made into a themed party if one tries hard enough. Her work focuses on critically connecting the historical production of race and reproduction under U.S empire. Namrata has worked with a number of organizations and conferences, and CLPP is #1 in her heart.
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.
Natasha Vianna
Natasha Vianna is the co-founder of NoTeenShame.org and @KidActivist's mom.
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.
Nicole JeanBaptiste
Nicole JeanBaptiste is the creator and lead doula of NYC-based Sésé Doula Services. Currently a Birth Justice Project Coordinator consultant with the NYC Department of Health’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit, Nicole works directly with community members from across NYC to advocate for birth justice. Nicole also teaches a community-based yoga class once a week in the South Bronx.
Nicole Villacrés-Reyes
Nicole Villacrés- Reyes is a senior at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts. She is a first-generation U.S. college student and an immigrant from Ecuador. She is a proud RRASC alum and believes the experience solidified her commitment to reproductive justice. Her current projects includes working on the accessibility of affordable housing in Springfield, MA.
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
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.
Nimra J. Chowdhry
Nimra J. Chowdhry is the State Legislative Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Prior to her work at the Center, Nimra was a Policy Analyst and Senior If/When/How Fellow with Advocates for Youth where her work focused on reproductive justice for Muslim and immigrant youth. Nimra also worked as an If/When/How Fellow at NAPAWF where she advanced policies for the Asian American community. A proud Pakistani-Texan, Nimra holds a JD and a master’s certificate in Women and Gender Studies (WGS) from the University of Houston and a BA in Government and WGS from the University of Texas at Austin.
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.
Nourbese Flint
Nourbese Flint is a blerd with a background in reproductive justice, journalism, all things X-Men and Batman related, matte lipsticks, Bob's Burgers, and Star Trek. She is currently working at Black Women for Wellness and Black Women for Wellness Project where she directs policy, RJ programs, civic engagement, graphic design, and keeping markers and crayons organized.
Ola Osaze
Ola Osaze is the national organizer for the Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project (BLMP), which protects and defends Black queer and trans migrants from immigration enforcement and criminal justice systems. Ola is a trans queer person from Nigeria who has also organized with the Audre Lorde Project, Uhuru Wazobia, and Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and has writings published in Queer Africa II, Saraba Magazine, Qzine, Black Looks, and Black Girl Dangerous, to name a few.
oli ramirez
oli is a native youth from oklahoma who partakes in direct action and direct action training who encourages diverse network building to help each other with tactics and knowledge to help achieve goals.
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.
Priya Ghosh
Priya Ghosh is a survivor activist, community organizer, and educational trainer with a background in movement building, direct action campaigns, and advocacy for survivors of sexual, intimate partner, and gender-based violence. Priya is the Founding Director of the Survivor Justice Project, a grassroots organization empowering and training people to end violence and lead change for survivors. As the former president of CERC at UMass Amherst, she led a successful 2 year campaign for the institution of a Survivor’s Bill of Rights to expand and protect Title IX rights. Priya is deeply invested in the collective building of a transformative, intersectional movement for survivors. Priya currently works at Safe Passage and lives and organizes in the Pioneer Valley.
Quita Tinsley
Quita Tinsley is a fat, Black, queer femme that writes, organizes, and works to build sustainable change in their home, the South. They currently serve as the Deputy Director of Access Reproductive Care - Southeast; and they're an alum of Echoing Ida, a Black women and non-binary folks' writing collective of Forward Together.
Rage Kidvai
Rage is a public defender in Brooklyn Criminal Defense practice of the Legal Aid Society. They also work with 5 Boro Defenders focusing on prosecutor accountability and immigration issues. Prior to this, Rage was an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Immigrant Defense Project. Rage is a graduate of CUNY Law School and Hampshire College.
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.
Rob Powell
Rob Powell is the Training and Volunteer Program Coordinator at Safe Passage. Prior to working with Safe Passage, Rob served as the Coordinator for the Women's Center and LGBTQ Center at Wake Forest University. He also was the Member Services Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, where he supported the 88 rape crisis centers in North Carolina. Outside of work, Rob delights in time with his husband, a lil baby, and sweet dog, and in consuming large amounts of reality television.
Rosalinda Guzman
Rosalinda Guzman is a fierce Young Parent Leader and advocate. She has been part of CLRJ's long-term culture shift initiative Justice for Young Families (J4YF) since 2016 and is currently part of the Young Parent Leaders Council (YPLC) in the Central Valley, CA. Rosalinda has been her own spokesperson, uplifting her experience as a young parent and advocating for policy changes that will impact her community.
Sade Swift
Sade Swift works as the assistant director of Brown Girl Recovery. where she works to create healing spaces for black and brown femmes and women uptown and the Bronx. Sade recently began sharing her craft, "Cards by De" as her labor of love to the world, creating handmade cards to express gratitude for all occasions. For her, creating in this way is how she heals.
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.
Sage Carson
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.
Sarada Tangirala
Sarada Tangirala leads corporate campaigns aimed at eliminating toxic chemicals from products that impact women's health and our communities. Before that, she led market-based change efforts at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and conducted strategic corporate research for environmental justice campaigns at the DataCenter. She holds a master's in public policy from Oregon State University and a BA in sociology from UC Davis.
Selena Velasco and Elijah
Selena Velasco is a brown queer, nonbinary femme mother to a nine year old brown child. Selena is a community organizer at API Chaya as the Queer Network Program Coordinator, supporting healing spaces for Queer and Trans survivors of violence. They are also a visual artist, poet, and tender loving Virgo residing on indigenous Coast Salish and Duwamish Territory in Seattle.
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.
Shomya Tripathy
Shomya Tripathy is the Senior Manager of the Youth Activist Network at Advocates for Youth. Through the 1 in 3 Campaign, she works with young people around the country to challenge abortion stigma on their campuses and in their communities.
Sonia Mohammadzadah
Sonia Mohammadzadah is a senior English major and Anthropology minor at Mount Holyoke College, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is pursuing a 5 College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. Her academic interests include narrative non-fiction, identity politics, intersectional feminism, and reproductive liberation. Sonia is a RRASC alum, and was a communications intern with Advocates for Youth in Washington D.C. last summer.
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.
Symone New
Symone New is a full spectrum birth, abortion, and adoption doula. She has been a member of the Doula Project since 2010 and serves on the organization's Leadership Circle. Symone has a passion for spreading the doula model of care far and wide, and has worked with individuals and groups nationally and internationally. Symone is also a member of CLPP's Fundraising Advisory Board.
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. // ColoredGirlsHustle.com // TajaLindley.com
Toni M Bond Leonard
Toni Bond Leonard is one of the founding mothers of the reproductive justice movement. Toni is a womanist theo-ethicist whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of religion and reproductive justice. She currently works at Physicians for Reproductive Health as Director of its Partnership for Abortion Provider Safety.
Willa Sippel
Willa Sippel is a student, activist, and passionate feminist from Western Mass. She is co-president of Northampton High School's Feminist Collective, and a member of the Student Union. She is also involved with the area's arts and activism scene. This past February she played with her band at the Northampton Women's March. And she couldn't be more honored and excited to be here at CLPP!
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.
Yashica Robinson, MD
Dr. Yashica Robinson is the medical director of Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives. She is the primary provider of second trimester abortion care in Alabama, while running a busy solo OBGYN practice. Robinson received her Doctor of Medicine from Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Alabama, Birmingham. She is a comprehensive women’s health specialist.
Yong Chan Miller
zahra alabanza, cassius and marley
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.
Zoe Lemos
Zoe Ridolfi-Starr
Zoe is an advocate for gender equity and a fair legal system in New York. She serves on the Sex Education Alliance of NYC as the co-chair of policy. Previously, Zoe ran a youth advocacy program focused homelessness and the justice system, and served as Deputy Director of Know Your IX, where she trained student activists and led legislative advocacy efforts to address gender violence on campus. Her writing on sex and justice has been published in the Yale Law Journal, New York Daily News, ReWire, and other outlets.
Zoe Rinchen Lemos
Zoe Rinchen Lemos is a freshman at PVPA. She is a feminist singer songwriter focussed on social justice issues She spent time at Standing Rock in 2017, and has spent her summers busking in Northampton raising money for the LGBT Asylum Taskforce.