About RJFP

Welcome to the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) webpage. Here you will find information about current and past Reproductive Justice (RJ) Fellows, placement organizations, general program information, and application procedures. The RJFP is a program of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)The Women and the Law Program at American University Washington College of Law serves as the academic home for the RJFP.

Announcing the 2016-17 RJFP Participants

LSRJ is pleased to announce the newly selected 2016-17 RJ Fellows and Placement Organizations. The 2016-17 Fellowship will begin in August 2016. For more information about the RJ Fellows, please see there bios.

Sequoia Ayala – SisterLove, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
Christine Castro – New Voices for RJ and Women’s Law Project (Pittsburgh, PA)
Stephanie Croney – Black Women’s Health Imperative
Breanna Diaz – National LGBTQ Task Force
Cammie Dodson –  Positive Women’s Network – USA (Oakland, CA)
Priya Walia – Legal Voice and Surge NW (Seattle, WA)

16-17 RJFP Collage

Top row: Nnennaya Amuchie, Christine Castro, Stephanie Croney; Middle row: Priya Walia, Mohini Lal, Cammie Dodson; Bottom row: Emily Champlin, Breanna Diaz, Sequoia Ayala

2015-16 RJ Fellows & Placement Organizations

Zsea Beaumonis (Santa Clara University )  National LGBTQ Task Force

Rebecca Bucchieri (George Mason) – Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity 

Nimra Chowdhry (Univ. of Houston) – National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum 

Madeline Gomez (Columbia)  National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health 

Noel León (Univ. of Pennsylvania) – Reproductive Health Technologies Project 

Julia Quinn (Univ. of Texas)  National Health Law Program

Sonya Rahders (Univ. of California, Hastings) – Advocates for Youth

Sabrina Rewald (Univ. of Detroit Mercy & Univ. of Windsor) – SisterLove, Inc.

Arneta Rogers (Univ. of California, Hastings) Positive Women’s Network USA

Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program

In 2010, LSRJ launched a funded legal fellowship program for current 3Ls and recent law school graduates interested in working to advance reproductive justice through policy advocacy. Following a tremendous response from students and advocates in the field, LSRJ successfully selected and placed six Reproductive Justice (RJ) Fellows with six organizations in Washington, D.C. for the 2010-11 fellowship year. Since then, LSRJ has placed 45 RJ Fellows at over a dozen organizations working to advance reproductive justice through policy. In 2014, the RJFP expanded to include the RJ-HIV Fellowship, placing two Fellows at organizations in Atlanta, GA and Oakland, CA, and in 2016, the RJFP will pilot the RJ State Fellowship, placing two Fellows at organizations in Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA.

The RJFP is intended to enhance capacity at reproductive justice organizations working to influence law and policy and to build a pipeline for future reproductive justice lawyers. The RJ Fellows are each paid a stipend of $51,000 plus benefits and placed with placement organizations in Washington, D.C., for a year-long program (running August to August) that includes mentoring, professional development, training, and networking opportunities.

Given the increasingly volatile and hostile climate surrounding women’s reproductive health and rights, LSRJ is deeply gratified by the passion displayed by these new lawyers to pursue work in reproductive rights, health, and justice.  We are thrilled to be able to provide entry points into the field and to help build capacity at organizations working to promote reproductive justice for all people.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who is making RJFP a dream come true – especially our visionary funders, selection committee members, participating placement organizations, current RJ Fellows, and everyone who applied.  Together we are fostering legal expertise for the Reproductive Justice movement!

Inaugural class of Reproductive Justice Fellows and LSRJ’s Fellowship Director

(l to r) Amina Abbas; Jessi Leigh Swenson; Dani Hawkes; Alex Walden; Mariko Miki (LSRJ staff); Davida Silverman; and Jaspreet Chowdhary