Reproductive Justice Initiative
The Reproductive Justice Initiative (RJI) aims to engage in the cross-disciplinary study of urgent legal and human rights issues affecting the lives of women and children around the globe, focusing on four key capacity-building areas: security and safety; health and human rights; incarceration; and education. The RJI serves as a center of excellence and specialization on those vital areas of concern.
- April 1–3, 2016: Baby Markets 10th Anniversary International Congress
This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, policy-makers, civil society advocates, journalists, activists, and others to examine the myriad ways in which families are created, shaped, formed, and regulated. The Congress addresses the role and status of the child, mother, father, surrogate, grandparents, and the state in the creation and deconstruction of the family. This international meeting will explore the shifts in family-making, reflecting trends in single- and same-sex parenting as well as the ways in which heteronormativity constructs legal and social norms in child custody, child-rearing, and family planning.
- April 1–5, 2016: Reproductive Justice Film Festival
Held in conjunction with the Baby Markets Congress, this film festival brings together Sundance and Emmy award winning and Oscar-nominated directors and producers to showcase and premier films that directly address women’s lives. Featured among these brilliant films are State v. Shuai, which tracks first-degree murder charges filed against a pregnant woman who attempted suicide; Beautiful Sin, which tells the surprising, decade-long story of three couples struggling with infertility in Costa Rica who fight their government in an international human rights court for the right to use in vitro fertilization; and the director’s rough cut of Misconception, a powerful forthcoming film that chronicles the dramatic rise in laws that restrict women’s reproductive rights. Join us for these films and more. You will have the unique opportunity to meet and discuss these incredible works with the filmmakers.
- November 6, 2015: Reproductive Justice Hearing, National Press Club, D.C.
This hearing shines a bright light on the status of women’s reproductive and health care access. In recent years, more anti-reproductive rights legislation has been proposed than in the thirty years combined following the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling Roe v. Wade. At the same time, maternal and infant mortality in the United States rivals that of many developing countries and is the worst among nearly all developed nations. From limitations on contraception to threats of arrests for refusing Caesarian sections and prosecutions for miscarriages, a severe hostility is being shown toward women and their health. Expert panels, including an opening address by UCI Law’s Chancellor’s Professor of Law Michele Goodwin, will cover issues such as violations of women’s reproductive privacy, women's mass incarceration (and their health behind bars), access to reproductive health services, domestic violence, online sexual harassment, and the religious objections to medical services. Press Release >
- September 22, 2015: Women & Mass Incarceration: The U.S. Crisis of Women and Girls Behind Bars
This Summit shines a light on mass incarceration in the United States, specifically illuminating the dramatic consequences in the lives of women and girls. This summit turns to the missing narrative of women in prison, including failed drug war policies. It explores complex patterns that frame women’s subjugation to law enforcement and the extra-legal and collateral consequences of policing women, including felony disenfranchisement, loss of housing and the chilling impacts on their children.
Reproductive Justice Fellowships
If/When/How (formerly Law Students for Reproductive Justice) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2017–18 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP), a policy-focused fellowship seeking to advance reproductive justice through federal, state, and HIV advocacy. Information about the RJFP and instructions for applying can be found here.
The Initiative for Studying Gun Violence and Trauma is a national task force focused on expanding awareness, discourse, and public policy on gun violence trauma. Assembled under the aegis of the University of California, Irvine School of Law’s Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, the task force features a diverse collaboration of lawyers, scholars, physicians, psychologists, and advocates committed to initiating, sustaining, and acting upon this critical discourse. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Initiatitve will host three town hall meetings and other events across the country through 2016-2017:
- September 22, 2016: Chicago: Gun Violence and Vulnerable Populations
University Club of Chicago
This town hall meeting focuses on how gun violence and trauma uniquely impact vulnerable communities, including racial minorities, children, the homeless, and individuals with mental disabilities. More event details >
November 1, 2016: Washington D.C. Congressional Briefing
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-201 A & B, 12:00 p.m. ET
The Congressional Briefing focused on educating lawmakers and expanding awareness, discourse, and public policy on gun violence, trauma, and policing, particularly as it relates to how gun violence impacts low-income communities throughout the U.S. In just the past 14 years, firearm deaths accounted for over 470,000 fatalities, making death by firearm the second-leading cause of all violence-related deaths in our nation. This Congressional Briefing educated lawmakers and the public about the public health, mental health, and economic impacts of gun violence. Participants offered recommendations for pathways forward. Joining us were: Dr. George Woods, President, International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Judge Glenda Hatchett (ret.) (representing Philando Castille’s family); Camiella Williams, a member of Congresswoman Robin Kelley’s Violence Prevention Taskforce. Ms. Williams is a millennial who has suffered the deaths of 28 loved ones in Chicago due to gun violence; Robert Bennett, Esq., civil rights litigator and expert on police-civilian interaction; Dr. Patricia Jones Blessman, psychologist and expert on child trauma; and Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Chair, Initiative for Studying Gun Violence and Trauma. More event details >
November 1, 2016: Washington D.C.: Gun Violence and Trauma: Policing & Training
National Press Club, 6:00 p.m.
This town hall meeting featured a discussion on policing, police violence, and training. It will highlight the privatization of law enforcement agencies, looking particularly at the fiscal structures that underlie, and at times demand, high risk policing practices. More event details >
- May 5, 2017: Los Angeles: Militarization of Policing
Feminist Majority Foundation, 433 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
This town hall meeting will examine the militarization of policing in the United States. We will discuss the impacts of militarization on communities as well as the thin divide between soldiers returning from war and whether appropriate services are provided for those who have suffered from war trauma.
The CBGHP is currently working with the UC Irvine Program in Public Health to develop a joint JD/MPH program to afford UCI students an opportunity to forge new directions at the intersections of law and public health.
- September 2016–March 2017: The Initiative for Studying Gun Violence and Trauma Town Halls
The Initiative will host three town hall meetings across the country during the 2016-2017 academic year, starting in Chicago Sept. 22, 2016, followed by Washington D.C. Nov. 1, 2016, and in Los Angeles May 5, 2017. Details >
- Public Forum November 19, 2014: The Constitutional Implications of Ebola: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in Times of Health Crises
Featuring Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Rainbow PUSH Coalition; Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Irvine School of Law; Dr. George Woods, International Academy of Law and Mental Health; Professor Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Chair, UC Irvine School of Law; Professor Andrew Noymer, UC Irvine School of Public Health
The Biotechnology & National Security Initiative aims to engage public officials, private industries, civil society and advocates in conversations about technology and security. Our concerns range from food and water supply to the transfer of information and privacy.