Reproductive justice, at its core, is about bodily autonomy and the right to choose whether and under what circumstances people have and raise children. This year, RJP will be offering a variety of projects with reproductive justice groups around the country. With the continuing state and national attacks on abortion rights and access, many organizations are focusing on a person’s right and ability to choose. Additionally, RJP will be getting involved with LGBTQIA organizations and racial justice organizations in a variety of other areas, potentially including such general topics as advocacy for intersex youth, research on black maternal health, and policy recommendations for sex education in high schools. Students will have the opportunity to rank their preferences for which organization and which project they want to be assigned. Due to the sensitive nature of RJP’s partner organizations’ work, the exact details of each project are highly confidential unless indicated otherwise.
Projects take the form of (1) national or state-level (2) proactive (policy) or reactive work (litigation). Regardless of the topic, students will engage in research related to statistics, policy initiatives, cases, and existing regulations. Depending on the organization’s needs, students will then create work product in the form of research spreadsheets, policy recommendations, memoranda, and/or briefs. There will also potentially be the opportunity to get involved in oral advocacy in Sacramento.
RJP works closely with the Berkeley Law chapter of If/When/How to engage in reproductive justice advocacy outside of SLP work, including bringing speakers to campus, fundraising for local abortion funds and domestic violence clinics, networking with attorneys, and hosting social events. Starting in the fall, If/When/How will also be organizing trainings and regular transportation for abortion clinic escorts. These various events and activities are not a requirement for participating in RJP; they are simply further opportunities to get involved in reproductive justice work at Berkeley Law.
Supervision: Students in RJP are supervised by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ – pronounced courage), Berkeley Law.
Time Commitment: 25 hours per semester, breaks down to around three hours every other week plus trainings and minimal research on their own.
For more information, please contact the student leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org.