Welcome to the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to issues of reproduction and designed to support law and policy solutions by bridging the academic-advocate divide.
We cannot achieve reproductive freedom while reproductive oppression persists. CRRJ stands with and affirms the movement for Black lives and condemns race-based acts of oppression; including attacks on our Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian-American brothers and sisters. CRRJ will continue the fight for reproductive justice.
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CRRJ Welcomes Khiara M. Bridges as New Faculty Director!
Khiara is a professor of law at UC Berkeley School of Law who has written many articles concerning race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. Her scholarship has appeared or will soon appear in the
Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the
California Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among others. She is also the author of three books: Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (2011), The Poverty of Privacy Rights (2017), and
Critical Race Theory: A Primer (2019). She is a coeditor of a reproductive justice book series that is published under the imprint of the University of California Press.
She graduated as valedictorian from Spelman College, receiving her degree in three years. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her Ph.D., with distinction, from Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology. While in law school, she was a teaching assistant for the former dean, David Leebron (Torts), as well as for the late E. Allan Farnsworth (Contracts). She was a member of the
Columbia Law Review and a Kent Scholar. She speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic, and she is a classically trained ballet dancer.
Khiara is committed to advancing reproductive justice and is an integral part of CRRJ’s mission to propel law and policy solutions by connecting people and ideas across the academic-advocate divide. You can read more about Khiara’s many wonderful achievements here. Please join me in welcoming Khiara M. Bridges!
CRRJ Welcomes Rachel Johnson-Farias as Executive Director
The Center on Reproductive Rights & Justice is thrilled to welcome Rachel Johnson-Farias back to Berkeley Law. Rachel has dedicated her legal career to making the law more accessible to low-income people and communities of color. She graduated with honors from Occidental College and obtained a B.A. in Critical Theory and Social Justice. During her time at Berkeley Law, Rachel received the Francine Diaz Memorial Award for her commitment to social justice through legal services and advocacy. After law school Rachel was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to implement the Starting Over Strong (SOS) juvenile reentry program at the East Bay Community Law Center. Rachel’s prior experience in working with low-income clients and dedication to empowering youth helped her secure an Echoing Green Fellowship and J.M. Kaplan Fund Prize to create and launch Esq. Apprentice; a non-profit providing a debt-free path to law licensing for low-income people of color.
Rachel is an innovator. With years of public interest experience at the intersections of reproductive justice, criminal law, and economic development, Rachel is excited to honor and expand on CRRJ’s mission to realize reproductive rights and advance reproductive justice by influencing legal and social science discourse, furthering research and scholarship, and bolstering law and policy advocacy efforts.
Read an interview with Rachel here.