Fighting for Reproductive Justice in Prisons

Focusing on the lived experiences of women and/or transgender people in prisons and jails, this session will expand participants' understanding of how sexism, racism and classism and gender-based violence are integral parts of these systems. Speakers will discuss innovative organizing models that ensure participation at the leadership level by incarcerated people and will focus on work happening around the country now, including campaigns to ban shackling during pregnancy, organizing to stop the building of new jails, and creating community-based wellness alternatives. Other forms of reproductive rights violations that occur while an individual is incarcerated such as forced sterilization, denial of health care, and threats to parental rights, will be brought to light.

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