Winter 2014

CRRJ Seeking Summer Legal Interns

CRRJ is accepting applications for full-time legal interns for summer 2014. Among other projects, they will play integral roles in creating the first Reproductive Rights and Justice casebook, authored by Professors Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker. The interns will gain experience in legal research, writing, and editing for an academic and social justice context through work on the casebook and other legal scholarship.


For information about qualifications and application process, visit 

Join our Conversations on Reproductive Justice April 9th
The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law and the Center for Race & Gender present Conversations on Reproductive Justice to be held April 9, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:30 on the UC Berkeley campus.

The event will provide an opportunity for campus and community members to learn about the exciting ways reproductive justice enters our lives, explore some of the most pressing dilemmas, and meet others interested in advancing the cause.  


The first panel will feature current and former members of CRRJ's Reproductive Justice Working Group, showcasing various projects that incorporate a reproductive justice analysis. The second panel will be a conversation about the movement, its past and future, between Sujatha Jesudason (Director, CoreAlign) and Loretta Ross (Co-Founder, SisterSong), guided by Samara Azam (Executive Director, ACCESS Women's Health Justice). A low-host reception at a nearby, off-campus location will follow this wheelchair-accessible and family-friendly event.  


For RSVP, detailed schedule, directions, and other information visit


Cosponsored by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice. 

CRRJ Lauded

Kristin Luker, CRRJ Faculty Director, won the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale University, which recognizes distinguished achievement in scholarship, teaching, academic administration, and public service among Yale alumni. 

Jill E. Adams, CRRJ Executive Director, was named as one of ten top young 
feminists in opinion piece, "Millennial Women are Leaning in and Stepping Up."   


Melissa Murray, CRRJ Affiliated Faculty, received Berkeley Law's 2014 Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction, which is based on

 student evaluations.

Co-Sponsoring:  Malika Saada Saar to be Practitioner-in-Residence

Malika Saada Saar, Director, Human Rights Project for Girls; Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group, will be Practitioner-in-Residence at Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice March 18th- 20th.  Saada Saar gave the Ruth Chance Lecture, "It's Rape:  A Reframing of Domestic Child Trafficking" on March 18th, which was attended by CRRJ faculty, staff, and students. As a human rights lawyer and advocate, Saada Saar led the effort to shut down Craigslist sex ads that served as the leading site for the trafficking of children for sex, ended the federal practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in U.S. prisons, and successfully advocated for millions in federal funding for treatment services for at-risk families. Newsweek and the Daily Beast have named Saada Saar one of "150 Women Who Shake the World." 


To schedule office hours with Saada Saar, email

Local Minister to Lead Reproductive Justice Working Group

CRRJ has appointed Reverend Darcy Baxter to lead its Reproductive Justice Working Group. Baxter is Director of Family Ministry at Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church in Hayward and sits on the national Unitarian Universalist Reproductive Justice Advisory Council. Baxter brings years of community service, teaching experience, and valuable connections to her role as working group facilitator. She currently serves as San Francisco Bay Area Regional Organizer for the California Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, board member of the Abortion Conversation Project, and participant in the Center for American Progress' Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute. Baxter views her leadership of the working group as a natural step in her ministry and advocacy, saying, "For too long, the movement of reproductive rights, health, and justice has been painfully fractured, with fissures running along lines of religion and secularism; academia and advocacy; race, ethnicity, and class.   My ministry has been dedicated to tending to these divisions, in ways parallel to CRRJ's innovative bridging work. I am honored to be part of the CRRJ team and to create a space where we can explore and embody reproductive justice."

To view press release, click here.
Hyperopia Zine Call for Submissions

Maybe you care about Reproductive Justice? Or the Non-Profit Industrial Complex? Join us in creating a Zine! We are members of CRRJ's Fall 2013 RJWG. Building a space in the working group to talk about how reproductive justice affected our work and political aims inevitably became a conversation about the ongoing conflicts our political values present in the institutional apparatus of the nonprofit industrial complex. To continue this discourse, Hyperopia will explore the relationship between reproductive justice and the nonprofit industrial complex.  We intend to explore how our lives, our work, our bodies and our identities are molded by the nonprofit industrial complex - and to illuminate the way towards the liberation and reclamation of our bodies and our politics. We invite you to share your stories, essays, articles, art - or anything that might fit on a piece of paper - about the work you do, how you do it, and how you stay resilient.  


Submit to:, by April 1st, 2014. If you are not able to email your submission, or have any questions, please call us at 510-629-1456.  

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