Fall 2015

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NOVEMBER 17 - Webinar about Landmark Home Abortion Case

CRRJNational Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and Backline will co-present arguments in defense of Purvi Patel, who was convicted of feticide for ending her pregnancy without medical supervision. Reproductive justice activists are invited to register for the webinar HERE.
NOVEMBER 19 - Big Give for CRRJ 

CRRJ will participate in UC Berkeley's Big Give fundraising blitz later this month.  Mark your calendars and plan to make a secure, tax-deductible donation online.  You can visit our online donation page directly, or search for "CRRJ" on the Berkeley Law Big Give page.  We appreciate gifts of all sizes.    
Join us to honor CRRJ's founding Faculty Director Kristin Luker and celebrate her influential body of work and achievements in the fields of Sociology, Jurisprudence and Social Policy.  The event will be held at Berkeley Law.  
CRRJ Files Historic Repro Justice Brief in Purvi Patel v. Indiana
CRRJ partnered with the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and over 30 reproductive justice organizations in defense of Purvi Patel, the first pregnant person in the U.S. to be convicted of feticide for ending her own pregnancy.  Our amicus, or friend of the court, brief explains the implications of outlawing the safe and effective method of abortion Ms. Patel most likely used.

This it the first time the reproductive justice community has come together to urge the courts to stand up for the growing number of pregnant people in the U.S. who can only exercise their fundamental right to abortion by mustering the ingenuity and courage required to take care of their own needs without medical supervision.

Our charge in drafting this brief on behalf of the RJ community was to raise up the voices of marginalized populations whose reproduction has been forced, denied, or exploited - to make sure the government does not expose these communities, who already live under State surveillance, to even greater scrutiny for their actions and inactions during pregnancy and for pregnancy loss.

"We trusted CRRJ to co-author this brief with us because we knew they would give voice to reproductive justice priorities, values, and concerns," said Shivana Jorawar,
Reproductive Justice Program Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. "And they did so with the utmost integrity and eloquence."

We are immensely honored the RJ community trusted us to write this brief, and hope it moves the judges by engendering compassion for Ms. Patel and others like her, and that it opens their eyes to the far-reaching consequences of upholding her conviction.  

CRRJ filed this brief as part of our effort to plot the legal landscape of abortion self-induction and to support people who end their own pregnancies without medical supervision.
We're Hiring Spring Semester and Summer Interns
We need person power to execute our projects and achieve our goals. If you would like to lend your time and talent to the cause, we have a number of opportunities for law students to apply the knowledge and skills gained in law school to meaningful research and writing projects with real-world impact.

We have part-time research opportunities during the spring 2016 semester for both current Berkeley Law students and students at other law schools who would like to work remotely. Additionally, we will offer a limited number of full-time internships this summer. Spring semester applications are due by November 15th and summer internship applications are due by January 15th. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. We value diversity and aim to build a team with a multiplicity of backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences that will inform and strengthen our work.
Co-Founder Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Please join us in congratulating Professor Emerita and Founding Faculty Director Kristin Luker on a recent honor.  Prof. Luker was presented with the American Sociological Association's coveted Simon and Gagnon Lifetime Achievement Award on August 22, 2015 in Chicago, IL.

"This award is given in honor of two pioneering scholars in the study of sexualities, and it is most fitting that Krista received this honor."  said Professor Emerita and CRRJ Affiliated Faculty Carole Joffe, "Her body of work (and there is more yet to come!) powerfully combines historical scholarship, qualitative interviews, and political and policy analysis in ways that have greatly enriched our understanding of sexual and reproductive health issues."

Photo: Zakiya Luna, Winddance Twine, Kristin Luker, and Carol Joffe 
Fresh Faces of CRRJ
Join us in welcoming four new members of the CRRJ Crew.  We are fortunate they are adding their tremendous talents and areas of expertise to our various programs.  Melissa Mikesell is coordinating a multi-year complex legal research project across nine organizations and five campuses.  Angela Aguilar and Jessica Reyes are facilitating the RJ Working Group throughout the year.  And, Megha Charalambides is researching and writing on a variety of law, policy, and scholarship.  These brilliant advocates are sure to help us advance our mission and realize our goals.