National Advocates For Pregnant Women


National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) is dedicated to protecting the human and civil rights, health and welfare of pregnant and parenting women while protecting their children from punitive and misguided state policies. NAPW seeks to ensure that women are not punished for pregnancy and addiction and that families are not needlessly separated based on medical and public health misinformation. Pregnancy and addiction should be treated as public health issues, not criminal justice issues. NAPW was formed to address the intersection of the war on drugs and the war on abortion by creating a comprehensive campaign that combines expertise in reproductive law, drug policy and the myths about and attacks on African-American motherhood. Without a comprehensive strategy to undo decades of misinformation and political posturing about pregnancy and drug use, an ever-widening circle of women will be caught in increasingly punitive, intrusive, and coercive government controls that hurt rather than help women and their families. Similarly, drug policy reform efforts to de- stigmatize drug users and to shift policies from punishment to treatment will fail if the myth of crack babies and crack mothers destroying a generation of children is left unchallenged.


  • Legal and Public Policy

Internship description: 

Intern will work day to day with NAPW staff on various projects and attend seminars at the Innocent Project. Some projects include: research, database management, working closely with Executive Director and staff, assisting with day to day operations.

Internship skills needed: 

  • Need background in reproductive justice, women's rights
  • Excellent writing, organizing and willingness to go that extra mile is appreciated
  • Ability to make connections among varied issues
  • Creativity


  • New York, NY

How to find us: 

We are located at 31st Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, close to Penn Station and the B/DF/M/N/Q/R subway stop at 34th Street Herald Square.

Work hours: 

10am-5:30, M-F with July 4 off

Dress code: 

"Business casual," more casual than business

Office building accessibility: 


How many people work at the organization: 

3 staff members

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 


Internship dates: 


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