The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health has the objective of forming a diverse group of Latin@ leaders to promote the movement for reproductive justice. Our goal is to strengthen the voices of Latinas and empower them to be recognized as a powerful group with the capacity to influence public policy that is directly affecting our lives, our families, and our communities. The LOLA (Latinas Organizing for Leadership and Advocacy) Trainings are a step towards accomplishing those goals, for which we invite activists from different levels and experiences within the social justice realm to participate. The LOLA trainings are designed to be a space where we can share our experiences, learn new abilities, and work strategically on a campaign for reproductive health rights.

Our first regional LOLA training will take place on July 13th, July 14th, and July 15th, 2012, in Charlotte, NC, bringing together activists throughout the southeast region of the United States. This intensive 3-day training will provide Latin@ activists with various different sessions including the history of the movement for reproductive rights, abortion access, models for community organizing and specific skills-building to prepare a campaign. After the training, graduates of the LOLA will continue being part of NLIRH's national network of Latin@ activists and will become leaders in reproductive justice within their communities.

To register for this training, please fill out the application here. After NLIRH reviews your application, the organization will contact you for a short phone interview. This is a competitive process and we have limited space available. If you are selected to participate in the training, please be prepared to fully commit to the three day training in its entirety. The deadline to submit an application has been extended to June 20, 2012.

The specific components of the training include:

o The reproductive health rights of Latinas: History of feminism and the natal control of women of color in the United States, and the current climate around reproductive rights at the state and federal level

o Factors affecting abortion access within the Latina community

o Organizing and Community Mobilizing

o How to advocate for reproductive justice

o Development of Leadership

o The construction of a movement of Latinas in favor of reproductive justice



1. What if I can only attend part of the training?

We only have a limited number of slots and we want to make sure that everyone who is selected can participate in the entire training. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate activists who cannot fully commit to participate in the entire training.


2. I have never been active on reproductive rights issues; can I still apply?

This training is for Latinas of all backgrounds and experiences. During the training we will devote an entire session to the history of the reproductive rights movement as well as provide participants with reading material and resources.


3. How much does the LOLA Regional Training cost?

There is no charge for participating in this training. In addition, NLIRH will cover lodging and travel expenses.


4. What is the application process?

Applications are now available, here! Make sure you submit your paper form or fill out the online application by June 20, 2012. Submit the completed application and if desired, send your resume with “Regional LOLA Training: (your name) Resume” in subject line to Rosario Quiroz at After we review your application we will schedule a short interview with the top candidates.


5. Who can apply?

Anyone can apply! However, applicants must fulfill both of the following requirements:

*Must reside in one of the following Southern states: VA, NC, SC, TN, KY, AR, GA, AL, MS, LA, OK, FL

*Preference will be given to applicants ages 18-30, but all over 18 will be considered.


6. Where is the event taking place?

Charlotte, North Carolina. Please contact Rosario Quiroz at for event details.


Wisconsin LOLA 2010 Graduates