Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice


IMG_0353-2Welcome to the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ), a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to issues of reproduction and designed to supportpolicy solutions by connecting people and ideas across the academic-advocate divide. If you would like to support our efforts as an investor or volunteer, please email us at  If you would like to stay informed about our progress and pursuits, sign up for our newsletter here.


Trapped: What Remains of a Women’s Right to Choose?

Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland, CA

Trapped follows clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of Americans. U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been enacted in the states. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. Tickets are $10 plus processing fee.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Dawn Porter, CRRJ Faculty Director and Berkeley Law Interim Dean Melissa Murray, CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams, and Black Thought of the Legendary Roots Crew (a.k.a. The Roots).
Cosponsored by American Constitution Society – Bay Area Lawyer Chapter, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice  

Rooftop Reception in honor of Professor Kristin Luker

April 1, 2016

CRRJ’s founding Faculty Director Kristin Luker was honored at a Berkeley Law conference and reception.  The events celebrated her influential body of work and achievements in the fields of Sociology, Jurisprudence and Social Policy. 


CRRJ and Directors Involved with Various Amicus Briefs for SCOTUS case

Faculty Director Melissa Murray authored a brief about the undue material and dignitary burdens imposed by the laws in question. Executive Director Jill E. Adams was a named advisor on Advocates for Youth’s amicus brief that tells the stories of various women who have had abortions. CRRJ was one of fourteen organizations that filed an amicus brief, arguing that if allowed to stand, the Texas laws will prevent some people from having the abortions they need.  It will prompt others to end their own pregnancies outside the formal medical system, exposing them to the threat of arrest and prosecution.  Read more here.

Executive Director Selected for Inaugural Fellowship
Jill E. Adams was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Rockwood Fellowship for Leaders in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. The Fellows are recognized as key influencers and seasoned leaders who are committed to building partnership and collaboration within the movement.

Executive Director featured in SF Mag’s Power Issue
In the December 2015 issue of San Francisco Magazine, CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams stands among “37 Soldiers of Social Change” in a photo essay, which features leaders from movements for Reproductive Justice, Black Lives Matter, Diversity in Tech, Transgender Rights, and Housing and Tenant Protection. “And if we are a society at war with itself, those pictured here are the battle-hardened commanders on the front lines,” the authors write. “‘Our plans are unapologetically ambitious. I wouldn’t have it any other way,’ Jill Adams says of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law. Aptly pronounced “courage,” CRRJ focuses on public support for low-income reproductive rights. Equal parts strategist, author, lawyer, and lecturer, Adams says she’s in the movement for the long haul. ‘I’m comfortable setting 30-year goals, knowing I’ll be around to see them through to the end,’ she says.”

CRRJ Attorneys Author Pioneering Brief in Landmark Trial

Purvi Patel is serving a 20-year sentence in Indiana for ending her own pregnancy without medical supervision. In support of her appeal, CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams and Affiliated Attorneys Melissa Mikesell and Wendy Fu authored a brief with Shivana Jorawar of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum on behalf of 30 reproductive justice organizations. In it, they explain how criminalizing the only method of abortion available to many people has the effect of prohibiting exercise of the right altogether and fosters a culture of surveillance and suspicion of pregnant people, which disproportionately impacts immigrants, poor people, and communities of color. For the article at Berkeley Law, click here.


Reproductive Justice Working Group – Spring 2016

CRRJ’s Working Group is a facilitated bi-weekly interdisciplinary meeting of students, researchers, faculty, and community members deepen their understanding of reproductive justice and develop practical ideas for integrating it into their research and practice.  The spring session will be focusing on welfare policy and reproductive oppression.  The RJWG will meet these Mondays from 12-2 pm: Feb. 22, 29; March 14, 28; April 11, and 18.  Please click here for the flyer or email for more information.