NLIRH Publications by Issue Area

Abortion Access

  • State of the Latina 2013 - Febrero 2013 - Download

    Recent Successes, Policy Landscape, and the Long Road Ahead to Reproductive Justice


    The 2012 election resulted in tremendous wins for Latinas, both in how many Latinas cast ballots, and in terms of substantive legislative victories. Latinas played a key role in the “Women of Color Wave” responsible for re-electing President Obama and many other decisive outcomes across the country. Over 53% of the electorate were women, and 1 in 10 voters were Latinos. While women and young people are widely credited with electing pro-women policymakers, including President Obama—the fact is that women of color and youth of color drove these trends.

  • Sign On Letter: Coverage for Abortion Care - Enero 2013 - Download
  • Over 50 National, State, and Local Organizations Stand with Immigrant Women in Opposing the "Aderholt Amendment," Restrictions on Abortion Care - Junio 2012 - Download

    In this letter to members of the House of Representatives, over fifty national, state, and local organizations join the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) in opposing the Aderholt Amendment to H.R. 5855, the Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations Bill, which bans federal funding for abortion care for immigrant women in detention.

  • Another Barrier to Reproductive Care: CIANA and Young Latin@s - Abril 2012 - Download

    The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is deeply concerned about the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA; H.R. 2299, S. 1214) because of its negative implications for young people, especially young women of color. This bill is only the latest attempt to curtail abortion access for women in the United States. CIANA would place an additional hurdle in the path of young women, who already face numerous challenges to healthy, informed, and empowered reproductive health decision-making, including lack of access to comprehensive sex education and affordable contraception. We oppose this legislation due to the harmful effects it may have for young women in this country.

  • Race and sex selection: A wolf in sheep's clothing - Febrero 2012 - Download

    H.R. 3541, originally titled “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act” (PRENDA), misappropriates the names of civil rights heroes in an attempt to disguise the paternalistic and deeply racist assumptions that suffuse this bill. PRENDA picks up where the now-infamous “The most dangerous place for a Latino/African-American is in the womb” billboard campaigns” left off, insulting women of color by implying that they are a danger to their own children and communities. PRENDA claims to target a social ill: the continued undervaluing of women and people of color. But in reality, the bill takes aim at a social good: a woman’s access to reproductive healthcare.

  • 2012 Federal Policy Agenda - Febrero 2012 - Download

    NLIRH respectfully urges the 112th Congress and the White House to ensure all Latinas and immigrant women have access to abortion care services, to address reproductive health disparities that disproportionately impact Latinas and immigrant women, and to prioritize the reproductive health needs of Latinas and immigrant women within immigration reform. This document is a brief overview of NLIRH’s federal policy priorities for 2012.

  • Hyde Amendment Fact Sheet - Noviembre 2011 - Download

    The Hyde Amendment is a provision in the federal budget restricting Medicaid funding for abortions. Although abortion is legal the amendment has made safe and healthy options available to only a limited number of Latinas. Social class or economic status should not be the deciding factor in a women’s right to reproductive justice. Lifting the restrictions of the Hyde Amendment is key in making healthy and legal abortions accessible to every woman.

    Published originally in 2005, updated November 2011. 

  • Poll: Latino Voters Hold Compassionate Views on Abortion - Noviembre 2011 - Download

    New survey findings show Latino registered voters hold compassionate views on abortion. Unlike traditional surveys, this poll goes beyond legality to gauge voters’ feelings related to judgment and support around abortion. 

  • Hr3/Smith Bill Toolkit for Action - Febrero 2011 - Download

    Toolkit for action on H.R. 3/Smith Bill. The purpose of H.R. 3 is to undermine the possibility of affordable abortions, which for our community means the disappearance of access altogether.

  • Latina Immigrant Women's Access To Abortion: Insights from Interviews with Latina Grasstops Leaders - Septiembre 2010 - Download

    This research brief analyzes par­ticipants’ responses regarding abortion.  Three themes emerged from participants’ responses regarding abortion: lack of access to adequate information and referrals, the impact of abortion on funding for programs and services, and immigrant youth access to abortion.

  • Health Care Reform Implementation Talking Points - Julio 2010 - Download

    This document includes some talking points regarding contraception as prevention and abortion access under the new health care law recently passed.

  • NLIRH Abortion Primer - Junio 2010 - Download

    This bilingual primer provides a summary of medically accurate information to Latinas and all women about abortion. It also provides tips about where to find some of the many sources of high-quality abortion information and resources, and it points out misinformation and misleading information that attempts to frighten and shame women who consider abortion or try to learn more about it.

  • 2010 Federal Policy Agenda - Abril 2010 - Download

    This document outlines NLIRH's legislative priorities for 2010 within the areas of abortion access, reproductive health disparities and immigration reform.

  • Q&A - NLIRH's Stance on Health Care Reform - Marzo 2010 - Download

    A brief question-and-answer document outlining NLIRH's current postion on the health care reform bill.

  • What is the Stupak-Pitts Amendment? - Noviembre 2009 - Download

    A quick explanation of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment included in the Health Care Reform bill passed by the House of Representatives on November 7, 2009.

  • Health Care for All Statement - Noviembre 2009 - Download

    The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) supports healthcare reform that will move our current system toward one that will improve the health, and well-being of all Latinas, their families and communities. NLIRH embraces a human rights approach to health care, ensuring that all health services are accessible, available, affordable, and of good quality for everyone.1 These services should be provided on an equitable basis, free from discrimination or coercion. Healthcare reform can take many paths, and it is important that the needs of all Latinas, including immigrant women, women of color and low-income women are front and center.

  • Health Care Reform Talking Points - Noviembre 2009 - Download

    Health care reform is important to our community, but it must include women and immigrants. Say NO to Stupak-Pitts language, and YES to immigrant inclusion!

  • Health Care Reform Action Kit - Noviembre 2009 - Download

    This action kit includes everything you need to take action to ensure that health care reform is comprehensive and covers the needs of women and immigrants.

  • Statement of Abortion Rights - Julio 2009 - Download

    NLIRH supports the right of every Latina to be in charge of her own life, to determine if and when to have children, and, to seek the full range of reproductive health options available.  Our organization is outraged that Congress and President Bush would support a ban on a medically safe abortion procedure. Restricting and criminalizing any abortion procedure undermines the fundamental human right to self-determination, and endangers the lives of women for whom abortions may be medically necessary.

  • Federal Legislative Priorities: 111th Congress - Julio 2009 - Download
  • USSF Briefing Book: Immigrant Rights and Reproductive Justice - Junio 2007 - Download

    This is a special section of the 2007 United States Social Forum Reproductive Justice Briefing Book contributed by NLIRH, focusing on immigrant rights.

  • Repeal Hyde Action Kit - Octubre 2006 - Download

    The Hyde Amendment is a provision in the federal budget restricting coverage for abortions from federal Medicaid funding. The Hyde Amend ment was first passed by Congress in 1977, four years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade. Congress has renewed the Hyde Amendment every year for the last three decades! 30 Years is Enough! Join the campaign to repeal Hyde!

  • Reproductive Health of Latina Immigrants - Diciembre 2005 - Download

    Latinos are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. and account for one in every seven U.S. women of reproductive age. Latina immigrants are less likely to receive adequate reproductive health care, including annual pap smears, contraceptives, HIV treatment and sex education.  Due to barriers, lack of health care coverage, basic information, culturally and linguistically appropriate services, as well as fear of deportation many Latinas do not have access to reproductive health care services.

  • Latina Immigrants and Abortion - Julio 2005 - Download

    The high rate of poverty among Latinas, coupled with limited public funding sources for abortion make it difficult for many Latinas to access abortion. This makes many Latinas turn to unsafe and unhealthy methods of self-induction. Barriers such as limited funding, Medicaid restrictions, cultural or language differences and lack of access to education about services leave many Latinas without any safe and legal options.

  • National Latina Agenda for Reproductive Justice - Enero 2005 - Download

    This document outlines our national reproductive justice agenda for Latinas.

  • Latinas and Abortion Access - Enero 2004 - Download

    Although abortion in the U.S. was legalized in 1973, the fight for abortion rights did not end then. Numerous restrictions have been passed at the state and federal level limiting access to abortion for many Latinas. NLIRH actively supports the right of every Latina to seek a safe and affordable abortion. However, many barriers exist for Latinas to access safe and affordable abortions, such as linguistically and culturally appropriate services, age restrictions, economic limitations, geographic limitations, provider shortage, restrictions in religious hospitals and access to education on reproductive justice. The right to a safe, legal and affordable abortion is also linked to the right to raise healthy children, and to have access to prenatal care and the full range of reproductive health services. Reproductive Rights Activists must become proactive and advocate against policies that deny women of color and low-income women the fundamental right to decide when and if to have children.

Access to Health Care

  • The Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014 - Marzo 2014 - Download

    Almost two decades ago, politicians began enacting harmful restrictions that put affordable health coverage out of reach for many immigrants authorized to live and work in the United States. The Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women & Families Act would remove political interference and restore coverage so immigrants can participate in the health care programs their tax dollars support. By restoring access to coverage and allowing immigrant women and families to receive the health care they need, this bill will create healthier communities and a stronger economy.

  • The Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014: Endorsement Statement - Marzo 2014 - Download

    Almost two decades ago, politicians began enacting harmful restrictions that put affordable health coverage out of reach for many immigrants authorized to live and work in the United States. The Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women & Families Act would remove political interference and restore coverage so immigrants can participate in the health care programs their tax dollars support. By restoring access to coverage and allowing immigrant women and families to receive the health care they need, this bill will create healthier communities and a stronger economy.

    This Endorsement Statement reflects the support of 182 national and state organizations for the HEAL Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014 as of March 13, 2014.

  • Health Care for Immigrant families Fact Sheet - Enero 2014 - Download
  • Immigration Status and Health Coverage Fact Sheet - Enero 2014 - Download
  • Health Care for Immigrant Women and Families through ACA Fact Sheet - Enero 2014 - Download
  • HEAA 2013 Fact Sheet - Septiembre 2013 - Download
  • HEAA Tri Caucus Support Letter - Septiembre 2013 - Download
  • 2013 WOA Appointment Card - Agosto 2013 - Download
  • ACA and Latin@s 2013 - Agosto 2013 - Download

    Latin@s face barriers to accessing affordable insurance coverage and reproductive health care. 

  • Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee: Advance Women's Health in Immigration Reform and Lift 5-Year Bar - Mayo 2013 - Download

    On May 8, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) joined 163 national, state, and local advocates for the health of immigrant women and families in urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to address the health restrictions in S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act," or the Senate bill for immigration reform. As a critical first step, advocates call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to lift the 5-year bar currently imposed on immigrant women's access to affordable and cost-effective health coverage options like Medicaid.

  • State of the Latina 2013 - Febrero 2013 - Download

    Recent Successes, Policy Landscape, and the Long Road Ahead to Reproductive Justice


    The 2012 election resulted in tremendous wins for Latinas, both in how many Latinas cast ballots, and in terms of substantive legislative victories. Latinas played a key role in the “Women of Color Wave” responsible for re-electing President Obama and many other decisive outcomes across the country. Over 53% of the electorate were women, and 1 in 10 voters were Latinos. While women and young people are widely credited with electing pro-women policymakers, including President Obama—the fact is that women of color and youth of color drove these trends.

  • Latinas and Cervical Cancer in Texas: A Public Health Crisis - Enero 2013 - Download

    Nationwide, Latinas disproportionately suffer from cervical cancer, a disease that is preventable in most cases. Latinas have the highest incidence of cervical cancer among all racial and ethnic groups and the second highest mortality rate. Yet, rates of cervical cancer incidence and death are higher for Latinas in Texas, and Latinas experience wider health disparities. This fact sheet explores the impact of cervical cancer among Latinas in Texas, with particular attention to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and discusses the barriers to cervical cancer prevention that Latinas face. This fact sheet puts forth policy recommendations that, if enacted and implemented, may expand access to quality and affordable cervical cancer prevention, treatment, and care for Latinas.

  • Cervical Cancer Prevention Policy Recommendations: January 2013 - Enero 2013 - Download

    This fact sheet discusses NLIRH's Cervical Cancer Prevention Policy Recommendations for 2013.

  • Latinas and Contraception - Julio 2012 - Download

    Access to birth control is essential to Latinas, our families, and our communities. Rolling back the recent decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to require employers with few exceptions to provide health care plans that fully cover birth control would disproportionately hurt our communities. Latinas, including catholic Latinas, overwhelmingly support birth control coverage and access to the full rage of reproductive health services.

  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA): Securing health, dignity, and justice for Latin@s - Junio 2012 - Download

    As the only national organization working on behalf of the reproductive health and justice of 20 million Latinas, their families, and their communities, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) supports full implementation and funding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The health reform law, signed into law in March 2010, improves access to health care for our communities and lays the foundation for ongoing efforts to improve health equity. For Latinas, who are more likely than other groups to struggle with access to health insurance, the ACA has meant the potential to lead healthier, happier lives.

  • HEAA 2012 Request to Co Sponsor Letter - Junio 2012 - Download
  • HEAA 2012 Thank You Letter - Junio 2012 - Download
  • ¡Feliz cumpleaños, ACA! Flip book - Mayo 2012 - Download

    NLIRH believes that we must stand up to defend the provisions that stand to greatly benefit Latina health, and work to improve the legislation so that even the most marginalized communities have full access to culturally competent care.

    Take a look at our ACA Anniversary flip book for some pictures and a full recounting of our ACA activities!

  • Another Barrier to Reproductive Care: CIANA and Young Latin@s - Abril 2012 - Download

    The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is deeply concerned about the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA; H.R. 2299, S. 1214) because of its negative implications for young people, especially young women of color. This bill is only the latest attempt to curtail abortion access for women in the United States. CIANA would place an additional hurdle in the path of young women, who already face numerous challenges to healthy, informed, and empowered reproductive health decision-making, including lack of access to comprehensive sex education and affordable contraception. We oppose this legislation due to the harmful effects it may have for young women in this country.

  • HEAA 2nd Anniversary Letter - Marzo 2012 - Download
  • 2012 Federal Policy Agenda - Febrero 2012 - Download

    NLIRH respectfully urges the 112th Congress and the White House to ensure all Latinas and immigrant women have access to abortion care services, to address reproductive health disparities that disproportionately impact Latinas and immigrant women, and to prioritize the reproductive health needs of Latinas and immigrant women within immigration reform. This document is a brief overview of NLIRH’s federal policy priorities for 2012.

  • Hyde Amendment Fact Sheet - Noviembre 2011 - Download

    The Hyde Amendment is a provision in the federal budget restricting Medicaid funding for abortions. Although abortion is legal the amendment has made safe and healthy options available to only a limited number of Latinas. Social class or economic status should not be the deciding factor in a women’s right to reproductive justice. Lifting the restrictions of the Hyde Amendment is key in making healthy and legal abortions accessible to every woman.

    Published originally in 2005, updated November 2011. 

  • Latino Groups Affirm Baseline Coverage for Women - Noviembre 2011 - Download

    Letter from national Latino advocates urging President Obama to reject sweeping expansion of birth control refusal clause.

  • Medicaid and Community Health Centers Threatened with Funding Cuts - Octubre 2011 - Download

    Ongoing federal budget and deficit reduction negotiations may put Medicaid, Community Health Centers and subsequently Latina health at risk. This new factsheet explains the importance of CHCs, how they provide an essential first line of defense to safeguard Latina health and what's at stake in these budget negotiations.

  • Women's Preventive Services at a Glance - Octubre 2011 - Download

    This factsheet outlines how women's preventive services will be covered under the new guidelines established by the Affordable Care Act.

  • HEAA Co Sponsor Request Letter from Community Groups - Octubre 2011 - Download
  • HEAA Thank You Letter from Community Groups - Octubre 2011 - Download
  • LGBTQ Latin@s and Reproductive Justice - Junio 2011 - Download

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Latin@s have been a part of movements for reproductive justice and sexual liberation for as long as these movements have existed. The specific health care needs of LGBTQ Latin@s, however – and more specifically the reproductive health issues of direct concern to LGBTQ Latin@s – have rarely been a focus of either LGBTQ or reproductive rights advocacy. While the concerns of LGBTQ Latin@s often mirror those of the LGBTQ population at large, a specific set of reproductive justice issues do arise for Latin@s in the areas of reproductive health, immigrants’ rights, and access to public benefits.

  • HEAA One Pager - Enero 2011 - Download
  • The Continuing Need for The Health Equity and Accountability Act - Enero 2011 - Download
  • Consensus Statement on Addressing Health Disparities and Advancing Health Equity - Enero 2011 - Download
  • H.R 2954 HEA - Enero 2011 - Download
  • S. 2474 - Enero 2011 - Download
  • HEA SBS Updated Amendments - Enero 2011 - Download
  • Support for HEA 2011 House Letter - Enero 2011 - Download
  • HEA Support Letter for Senate - Enero 2011 - Download
  • Latina Immigrant Women's Access To Abortion: Insights from Interviews with Latina Grasstops Leaders - Septiembre 2010 - Download

    This research brief analyzes par­ticipants’ responses regarding abortion.  Three themes emerged from participants’ responses regarding abortion: lack of access to adequate information and referrals, the impact of abortion on funding for programs and services, and immigrant youth access to abortion.

  • Title X Fact Sheet - Julio 2010 - Download

    Title X of the Public Service Health Act is a 40 year-old law that authorizes federal funding for family planning services. Latinas have the highest uninsured rate of any racial or ethnic group.  These federal grants are vital to many Latinas who are not eligible for Medicaid and do not have access to contraception, gyno exams, counseling, pap tests, breast exams and screening for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Health Care Reform Implementation Talking Points - Julio 2010 - Download

    This document includes some talking points regarding contraception as prevention and abortion access under the new health care law recently passed.

  • Birth Control and the New Health Care Law - Julio 2010 - Download

    This fact sheet addresses birth control access under the new health care law.

  • 2010 Federal Policy Agenda - Abril 2010 - Download

    This document outlines NLIRH's legislative priorities for 2010 within the areas of abortion access, reproductive health disparities and immigration reform.

  • Q&A - NLIRH's Stance on Health Care Reform - Marzo 2010 - Download

    A brief question-and-answer document outlining NLIRH's current postion on the health care reform bill.

  • Timeline for Health Care Reform Implementation - Marzo 2010 - Download

    This document explains how health care reform will be implemented over the next four years.

  • What you can expect from health care reform - Marzo 2010 - Download

    This document explains what to expect from the recently passed health care reform legislation.

  • Advancing Reproductive Justice in Immigrant Communities: Promotoras/es de Salud as a Model - Enero 2010 - Download

    This report highlights NLIRH’s work with promotoras/es de salud (community health workers) and highlights the connection between promotoras/es and reproductive justice as an opportunity for movement building and social change.

  • What is the Stupak-Pitts Amendment? - Noviembre 2009 - Download

    A quick explanation of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment included in the Health Care Reform bill passed by the House of Representatives on November 7, 2009.

  • Health Care for All Statement - Noviembre 2009 - Download

    The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) supports healthcare reform that will move our current system toward one that will improve the health, and well-being of all Latinas, their families and communities. NLIRH embraces a human rights approach to health care, ensuring that all health services are accessible, available, affordable, and of good quality for everyone.1 These services should be provided on an equitable basis, free from discrimination or coercion. Healthcare reform can take many paths, and it is important that the needs of all Latinas, including immigrant women, women of color and low-income women are front and center.

  • Health Care Reform Talking Points - Noviembre 2009 - Download

    Health care reform is important to our community, but it must include women and immigrants. Say NO to Stupak-Pitts language, and YES to immigrant inclusion!

  • Health Care Reform Action Kit - Noviembre 2009 - Download

    This action kit includes everything you need to take action to ensure that health care reform is comprehensive and covers the needs of women and immigrants.

  • Statement of Abortion Rights - Julio 2009 - Download

    NLIRH supports the right of every Latina to be in charge of her own life, to determine if and when to have children, and, to seek the full range of reproductive health options available.  Our organization is outraged that Congress and President Bush would support a ban on a medically safe abortion procedure. Restricting and criminalizing any abortion procedure undermines the fundamental human right to self-determination, and endangers the lives of women for whom abortions may be medically necessary.

  • Policy Priorities for Health Care Reform - Julio 2009 - Download
  • Federal Legislative Priorities: 111th Congress - Julio 2009 - Download
  • NLIRH submits testimony to the National Institutes of Health regarding Latinas’ health concerns - Marzo 2009 - View

    The office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) recently published their final report, entitled Moving Into the Future With New Dimensions and Strategies: A Vision for 2020 for Women's Health Research as part of their 2-year process of strategic planning by ORWH.  This report is the result of five regional scientific workshops that took place in 2009.  NLIRH was active participant in the process by providing testimony and recommendations (P.302-305) at one of these five meetings. NLIRH emphasized that it is imperative for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund research and career development that includes and advances the role of Latinas in women’s health research. Latinas are a significant and diverse portion of American women, but have significantly worse health outcomes compared to White women on many key health measures.  NLIRH highlighted to NIH the need:

    1. for further research in social psychology, sociology and public health about improving Latina adolescent reproductive health outcomes;
    2. to improve educational and training opportunities to increase the numbers of Latina health providers and researchers in sexual reproductive health; and
    3. to give a greater within NIH funding to Community Based Participatory Research in order to investigated health disparities among Latino and immigrant populations.
  • Instantes Winter 2008-2009 - Diciembre 2008 - Download

    This edition of Instantes highlights the need for including migrant farmworkers' perspectives in health care reform. It also features our new Civic Particpation campaign, the Latino Vote during the 2008 elections and spotlights Miami activist, Erika Cordova.

  • Latinas and Cervical Cancer Fact Sheet - Octubre 2007 - Download

    The incidence of cervical cancer for Latina women in the United States is highest amongst all racial/ethnic groups, almost twice as high as non-Latina white women. Latina women have the 2nd highest mortality rate from cervical cancer (after black women), although mortality for Latina women are higher in communities along the Texas-Mexico border. Latinas face high mortality rates from cervical cancer as a result of their low rates of cervical cancer screening. Latinas’ limited access to adequate cervical cancer screenings is a result of barriers to access such as fear associated with their lack of immigration status, embarrassment, lack of knowledge, lack of insurance and lack of English proficiency.

  • Instantes Fall 2007 - Septiembre 2007 - Download

    This edition of Instantes focuses on cervical cancer, HPV and Latinas, and the launch of NLIRH's Cuídate. Ármate. Edúcate. Latinas for Cervical Cancer Prevention Campaign. Dr. Elena Gutierrez, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago discusses the Sterilization Policy Project, a follow-up study to research conducted during the 1970s that examined hospital sterilization policies and procedures, and more specifically their compliance with federal guidelines. Also spotlights New York City activist, Diana Salas.

  • Cuídate. Ármate. Edúcate. Latinas for Cervical Cancer Prevention Campaign Tool Kit - Agosto 2007 - Download

    Latina women have the highest rates of cervical cancer amongst all racial/ethnic groups in the United States. In 2006, the FDA approved the first vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer caused by four strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Our community had many questions about the vaccine and cervical cancer. In response, the Cuídate. Ármate. Edúcate. Latinas for Cervical Cancer Prevention Campaign was launched in 2007 to open the dialogue about cervical cancer in our communities.

  • Human Papilloma Virus, Cervical Cancer and HPV Frequently Asked Questions - Agosto 2007 - Download

    Frequently asked questions and answers about the Human Papilloma Virus, Cervical Cancer and HPV.

  • Statement on the HPV Vaccine - Julio 2007 - Download

    NLIRH advocates a standard of care that will provide Latinas with all the possible options in preventing cervical cancer: regular HPV and cervical cancer screenings during gynecological visits, comprehensive sexuality information, affordable access to reproductive health technologies such as the HPV vaccine and accurate information on preventing HPV and other sexually transmitted infections. NLIRH supports Latina’s full access to new reproductive technology when it is coupled with unbiased information and implementation that is free from coercive policies and practices.

  • Community Health Centers - Junio 2007 - Download

    Community Health Centers greatly benefit all members of a community neighboorhood. Many centers provide health, recreation, workshop, classrooms and other valuable space for people of all ages. An important aspect of NLIRH is to promote the growth of these centers and the amount of aid they get both from the federal and state governemnt, but also the community. Community health centers (CHCs) were designed to provide affordable and comprehensive primary and preventative health care services to low-income individuals living in medically underserved areas. Community health centers receive specific federal funding to provide free or low-cost services, including reproductive health services. Over the last several years, federal funding for public health care programs, including Title X, has diminished.

  • Reproductive Health of Latina Immigrants - Diciembre 2005 - Download

    Latinos are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. and account for one in every seven U.S. women of reproductive age. Latina immigrants are less likely to receive adequate reproductive health care, including annual pap smears, contraceptives, HIV treatment and sex education.  Due to barriers, lack of health care coverage, basic information, culturally and linguistically appropriate services, as well as fear of deportation many Latinas do not have access to reproductive health care services.

  • Prenatal Care Access Among Immigrant Latinas - Diciembre 2005 - Download

    An estimated 56% of low-income Latina immigrants of reproductive age are uninsured in the United States. Even those insured still have limited access to culturally competent and linguistically appropriate care, as well as important reproductive health information. Due to this many Latinas forgo vital preventative care including prenatal care. Expanding access to prenatal care services to all Latinas is a key aspect of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

  • Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers - Diciembre 2005 - Download

    A migrant farm worker is an individual whose principal employment is in agriculture on a seasonal basis and who establishes a temporary residence for such employment. In the year 2000 over 85% of these workers were uninsured. Often without access to any contraception, family planning or abortion services. Aside from reproductive disparities there are also a number of other barriers and inequalities these people face everyday.

  • Latina Immigrants and Abortion - Julio 2005 - Download

    The high rate of poverty among Latinas, coupled with limited public funding sources for abortion make it difficult for many Latinas to access abortion. This makes many Latinas turn to unsafe and unhealthy methods of self-induction. Barriers such as limited funding, Medicaid restrictions, cultural or language differences and lack of access to education about services leave many Latinas without any safe and legal options.

  • National Latina Agenda for Reproductive Justice - Enero 2005 - Download

    This document outlines our national reproductive justice agenda for Latinas.

  • Latinas and Abortion Access - Enero 2004 - Download

    Although abortion in the U.S. was legalized in 1973, the fight for abortion rights did not end then. Numerous restrictions have been passed at the state and federal level limiting access to abortion for many Latinas. NLIRH actively supports the right of every Latina to seek a safe and affordable abortion. However, many barriers exist for Latinas to access safe and affordable abortions, such as linguistically and culturally appropriate services, age restrictions, economic limitations, geographic limitations, provider shortage, restrictions in religious hospitals and access to education on reproductive justice. The right to a safe, legal and affordable abortion is also linked to the right to raise healthy children, and to have access to prenatal care and the full range of reproductive health services. Reproductive Rights Activists must become proactive and advocate against policies that deny women of color and low-income women the fundamental right to decide when and if to have children.

  • Instantes Winter 2003/2004 - Diciembre 2003 - Download

    The premiere issue of the new Instantes newsletter. This edition highlights the importance of building a Latina movement to demand health and dignity. It also remembers Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias, a pioneer and distinguished leader in the women’s health movement.

Cervical Cancer

  • Cervical Cancer & Latin@s: The Fight for Prevention & Health Equity - Enero 2014 - Download

    In this document, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) provides the latest statistics regarding Latin@s’ incidence of cervical cancer and explores the factors that contribute to cervical cancer disparities. We conclude by providing policy recommendations that, if enacted, would narrow racial and ethnic cervical cancer disparities, increase access to routine gynecological care, and improve the health of Latin@s and immigrant women in the United States.

  • State of the Latina 2013 - Febrero 2013 - Download

    Recent Successes, Policy Landscape, and the Long Road Ahead to Reproductive Justice


    The 2012 election resulted in tremendous wins for Latinas, both in how many Latinas cast ballots, and in terms of substantive legislative victories. Latinas played a key role in the “Women of Color Wave” responsible for re-electing President Obama and many other decisive outcomes across the country. Over 53% of the electorate were women, and 1 in 10 voters were Latinos. While women and young people are widely credited with electing pro-women policymakers, including President Obama—the fact is that women of color and youth of color drove these trends.

  • Latinas and Cervical Cancer in Texas: A Public Health Crisis - Enero 2013 - Download

    Nationwide, Latinas disproportionately suffer from cervical cancer, a disease that is preventable in most cases. Latinas have the highest incidence of cervical cancer among all racial and ethnic groups and the second highest mortality rate. Yet, rates of cervical cancer incidence and death are higher for Latinas in Texas, and Latinas experience wider health disparities. This fact sheet explores the impact of cervical cancer among Latinas in Texas, with particular attention to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and discusses the barriers to cervical cancer prevention that Latinas face. This fact sheet puts forth policy recommendations that, if enacted and implemented, may expand access to quality and affordable cervical cancer prevention, treatment, and care for Latinas.

  • Cervical Cancer Prevention Policy Recommendations: January 2013 - Enero 2013 - Download

    This fact sheet discusses NLIRH's Cervical Cancer Prevention Policy Recommendations for 2013.

  • Cervical Cancer Policy Recommendations - Enero 2012 - Download

    The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is committed to improved health care access and outcomes for the communities we represent. Through our advocacy around cervical cancer, we not only educate Latinas about the importance of obtaining regular gynecological care, but also tackle the barriers these women face by advocating for federal and regulatory policy that will allow all women, regardless of language, income, or immigration status, to live free of cervical cancer.

  • Federal Legislative Priorities: 111th Congress - Julio 2009 - Download
  • Latinas and Cervical Cancer Fact Sheet - Octubre 2007 - Download

    The incidence of cervical cancer for Latina women in the United States is highest amongst all racial/ethnic groups, almost twice as high as non-Latina white women. Latina women have the 2nd highest mortality rate from cervical cancer (after black women), although mortality for Latina women are higher in communities along the Texas-Mexico border. Latinas face high mortality rates from cervical cancer as a result of their low rates of cervical cancer screening. Latinas’ limited access to adequate cervical cancer screenings is a result of barriers to access such as fear associated with their lack of immigration status, embarrassment, lack of knowledge, lack of insurance and lack of English proficiency.

  • Instantes Fall 2007 - Septiembre 2007 - Download

    This edition of Instantes focuses on cervical cancer, HPV and Latinas, and the launch of NLIRH's Cuídate. Ármate. Edúcate. Latinas for Cervical Cancer Prevention Campaign. Dr. Elena Gutierrez, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago discusses the Sterilization Policy Project, a follow-up study to research conducted during the 1970s that examined hospital sterilization policies and procedures, and more specifically their compliance with federal guidelines. Also spotlights New York City activist, Diana Salas.

  • Cuídate. Ármate. Edúcate. Latinas for Cervical Cancer Prevention Campaign Tool Kit - Agosto 2007 - Download

    Latina women have the highest rates of cervical cancer amongst all racial/ethnic groups in the United States. In 2006, the FDA approved the first vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer caused by four strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Our community had many questions about the vaccine and cervical cancer. In response, the Cuídate. Ármate. Edúcate. Latinas for Cervical Cancer Prevention Campaign was launched in 2007 to open the dialogue about cervical cancer in our communities.

  • Human Papilloma Virus, Cervical Cancer and HPV Frequently Asked Questions - Agosto 2007 - Download

    Frequently asked questions and answers about the Human Papilloma Virus, Cervical Cancer and HPV.

  • Statement on the HPV Vaccine - Julio 2007 - Download

    NLIRH advocates a standard of care that will provide Latinas with all the possible options in preventing cervical cancer: regular HPV and cervical cancer screenings during gynecological visits, comprehensive sexuality information, affordable access to reproductive health technologies such as the HPV vaccine and accurate information on preventing HPV and other sexually transmitted infections. NLIRH supports Latina’s full access to new reproductive technology when it is coupled with unbiased information and implementation that is free from coercive policies and practices.

Civic Participation

  • State of the Latina 2013 - Febrero 2013 - Download

    Recent Successes, Policy Landscape, and the Long Road Ahead to Reproductive Justice


    The 2012 election resulted in tremendous wins for Latinas, both in how many Latinas cast ballots, and in terms of substantive legislative victories. Latinas played a key role in the “Women of Color Wave” responsible for re-electing President Obama and many other decisive outcomes across the country. Over 53% of the electorate were women, and 1 in 10 voters were Latinos. While women and young people are widely credited with electing pro-women policymakers, including President Obama—the fact is that women of color and youth of color drove these trends.

  • Poll: Latino Voters Hold Compassionate Views on Abortion - Noviembre 2011 - Download

    New survey findings show Latino registered voters hold compassionate views on abortion. Unlike traditional surveys, this poll goes beyond legality to gauge voters’ feelings related to judgment and support around abortion. 

  • Election 2010: Latinas, Reproductive Justice and the 112th Congress - Enero 2011 - Download

    The 2010 election was a mixed result for Latinas and reproductive health, but one strong message came through: Latino/as are a powerful and active voting bloc. NLIRH produced this report to analyze the elections and the incoming 112th Congress in regards to its impact on reproductive health rights and issues that exacerbate poverty and xenophobia and increase gender, racial and ethnic discrimination.

  • 2010 Federal Policy Agenda: Lame Duck Session Priorities - Diciembre 2010 - Download

    NLIRH respectfully urges the 111th Congress and the White House to ensure all Latinas and immigrant women have access to abortion care services, to address reproductive health disparities that disproportionately impact Latinas and immigrant women, and prioritize the reproductive health needs of Latinas and immigrant women within comprehensive immigration reform. The following is a brief overview of NLIRH’s federal policy priorities in the Lame Duck session.

  • 2010 Federal Policy Agenda - Abril 2010 - Download

    This document outlines NLIRH's legislative priorities for 2010 within the areas of abortion access, reproductive health disparities and immigration reform.

  • Judicial Nominations Awareness: Latinas for Justice - Julio 2009 - Download

    Over the last decade, the Supreme Court has been deeply divided on a number of issues that are important to Latinas, including abortion and affirmative action. Sometimes, a new Supreme Court Justice could tip the balance of the Court and have the effect of either drastically limiting the rights of Latinas or helping to expand them. The Supreme Court is very powerful, and because of lifetime terms for Supreme Court Justices, vacancies are rare. When there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, Latinas must mobilize and organize.

  • Federal Legislative Priorities: 111th Congress - Julio 2009 - Download
  • Guide to Monitoring State Legislation - Abril 2009 - Download

    Monitoring state legislation requires not only an understanding of the state’s policy and legislation, but also an understanding of the state’s legislature, key demographics, and political landscape. All of these factors influence why legislation is introduced and why it is able (or not able) to pass into law. How to find and analyze all of this information is discussed in this guide.

  • Toolkit: Planning a Legislative Advocacy Day - Abril 2009 - Download

    This guide will walk you through the steps of planning an in-state legislative advocacy day on your issue. When planning a legislative advocacy day, whether it’s at the state capitol or at a local district office, remember that your voice needs to be heard.

  • Instantes Winter 2008-2009 - Diciembre 2008 - Download

    This edition of Instantes highlights the need for including migrant farmworkers' perspectives in health care reform. It also features our new Civic Particpation campaign, the Latino Vote during the 2008 elections and spotlights Miami activist, Erika Cordova.

  • Latinas for Justice: Civic Participation Guide - Septiembre 2008 - Download

    In an effort to increase community engagement amongst Latinas, NLIRH created this toolkit on civic participation to present a myriad of ways that all Latinos could become active in civic and political affairs.  It is critical to understand the U.S. political system and how elections affect the Latino voting, engaging with the community. There are approximately 42.7 million Latinos in the U.S., more than 16 million of whom are eligible to vote. Only 9.3 million Latinos are registered voters and only 7.6 million voted in 2004. Latinos taking part in candidates and local decision makers and holding positions within their communities is very important in the fight to improve reproductive health and advance social justice for Latinas, their families and their communities.

  • Instantes Fall 2006 - Septiembre 2006 - Download

    This edition of Instantes features an article on why immigration is a matter of reproductive justice. It also highlights the first National Advocacy Weekend, where Latina Advocacy Network members had the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other, as well as generate new and exciting action plans.

  • Instantes Winter 2005-2006 - Diciembre 2005 - Download

    This edition of Instantes provides an update on the judicial nominations process and highlights what Katrina has shown us about human rights in the United States. The issue also highlights the Latinas for Justice Breakfast held in Chicago as part of NLIRH's campaign to raise awareness and facilitate dialogue with regards to the Supreme Court nomination process.

  • Instantes Summer/Fall 2004 - Junio 2004 - Download

    This edition of Instantes highlights the importance of civic participation. It also remembers Gloria E. Anzaldúa. The activist, Andrea Isabel Quijada, of Young Women United in Albuquerque, NM shares her thoughts on the March for Women's Lives.

  • Instantes Winter 2003/2004 - Diciembre 2003 - Download

    The premiere issue of the new Instantes newsletter. This edition highlights the importance of building a Latina movement to demand health and dignity. It also remembers Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias, a pioneer and distinguished leader in the women’s health movement.

Contraceptive Equity

  • State of the Latina 2013 - Febrero 2013 - Download

    Recent Successes, Policy Landscape, and the Long Road Ahead to Reproductive Justice


    The 2012 election resulted in tremendous wins for Latinas, both in how many Latinas cast ballots, and in terms of substantive legislative victories. Latinas played a key role in the “Women of Color Wave” responsible for re-electing President Obama and many other decisive outcomes across the country. Over 53% of the electorate were women, and 1 in 10 voters were Latinos. While women and young people are widely credited with electing pro-women policymakers, including President Obama—the fact is that women of color and youth of color drove these trends.

  • Latinas and Contraception - Julio 2012 - Download

    Access to birth control is essential to Latinas, our families, and our communities. Rolling back the recent decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to require employers with few exceptions to provide health care plans that fully cover birth control would disproportionately hurt our communities. Latinas, including catholic Latinas, overwhelmingly support birth control coverage and access to the full rage of reproductive health services.

  • Latino Groups Affirm Baseline Coverage for Women - Noviembre 2011 - Download

    Letter from national Latino advocates urging President Obama to reject sweeping expansion of birth control refusal clause.

  • Health Care Reform Implementation Talking Points - Julio 2010 - Download

    This document includes some talking points regarding contraception as prevention and abortion access under the new health care law recently passed.

  • Birth Control and the New Health Care Law - Julio 2010 - Download

    This fact sheet addresses birth control access under the new health care law.

  • Birth Control 101: A Primer on Birth Control and Emergency Contraception for Latinas - Diciembre 2009 - Download

    This Birth Control Primer walks through all the birth control options out there, explaining what they are, how to use them and some things to consider for each method. It also includes an indepth description of emergency contraception.

  • Federal Legislative Priorities: 111th Congress - Julio 2009 - Download
  • Instantes Spring/Summer 2005 - Marzo 2005 - Download

    In this edition of Instantes, we examine new frameworks: the human right to reproductive health.The Chicago activist, Diana Mendoza shares her thoughts on the ideal Latina reproductive justice activist - La Mujer Maravilla.

  • National Latina Agenda for Reproductive Justice - Enero 2005 - Download

    This document outlines our national reproductive justice agenda for Latinas.

  • Instantes Winter 2003/2004 - Diciembre 2003 - Download

    The premiere issue of the new Instantes newsletter. This edition highlights the importance of building a Latina movement to demand health and dignity. It also remembers Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias, a pioneer and distinguished leader in the women’s health movement.

Healthy Pregnancies

  • State of the Latina 2013 - Febrero 2013 - Download

    Recent Successes, Policy Landscape, and the Long Road Ahead to Reproductive Justice


    The 2012 election resulted in tremendous wins for Latinas, both in how many Latinas cast ballots, and in terms of substantive legislative victories. Latinas played a key role in the “Women of Color Wave” responsible for re-electing President Obama and many other decisive outcomes across the country. Over 53% of the electorate were women, and 1 in 10 voters were Latinos. While women and young people are widely credited with electing pro-women policymakers, including President Obama—the fact is that women of color and youth of color drove these trends.

  • Latino Groups Affirm Baseline Coverage for Women - Noviembre 2011 - Download

    Letter from national Latino advocates urging President Obama to reject sweeping expansion of birth control refusal clause.

  • What's The Real Problem? Toolkit For Action - Abril 2011 - Download

    As part of the reproductive justice community,we share a set of values that we believe will allow all persons to live their lives freely and in good health; we value sexual freedom, integrity of the body and personal autonomy, and we reject any system of reproductive coercion. In fact, a key aspect of reproductive justice is advocating for all persons to be able to make the reproductive decisions that they feel are best for them, and to eliminate all the systems that create barriers to these decisions being made freely. Because we share these justice values, we believe it is important to change the discourse surrounding young motherhood and the policies meant to address the issues young mothers face.

    More specifically, the current discourse surrounding young motherhood is both stigmatizing and insensitive, and presents young motherhood as a problem in itself as opposed to the real problems that often surround it, such as poverty and lack of access to timely and high-quality health care services and educational opportunities. Latinas do not report having sex more than white women, but are at higher risk for pregnancy because they have significantly lower rates of contraceptive use. This disparity in contraceptive use is based not on simple preference, but is closely connected to social and economic inequity. What’s the real problem?

    This bilingual toolkit provides guidance and activities for joining our newest campaign.

  • What's the real problem? campaign poster - Abril 2011 - Download

    The poster for our new campaign What's the real problem? addressing the stigmatization of young mothers.

  • Removing Stigma: Towards a Complete Understanding of Young Latinas' Sexual Health - Mayo 2010 - Download

    This white paper reviews recent research on adolescent sexuality and reproductive health, sets forth a reproductive justice framework for advancing the sexual health of Latina adolescents, and lays out policy approaches to ensure that communities in which healthy decisions about sexuality and reproduction are supported and available to adolescents.

  • A White Paper on Supporting Healthy Pregnancies, Parenting, and Young Latinas’ Sexual Health - Septiembre 2009 - Download
  • Federal Legislative Priorities: 111th Congress - Julio 2009 - Download
  • Prenatal Care Access Among Immigrant Latinas - Diciembre 2005 - Download

    An estimated 56% of low-income Latina immigrants of reproductive age are uninsured in the United States. Even those insured still have limited access to culturally competent and linguistically appropriate care, as well as important reproductive health information. Due to this many Latinas forgo vital preventative care including prenatal care. Expanding access to prenatal care services to all Latinas is a key aspect of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Human Rights

  • State of the Latina 2013 - Febrero 2013 - Download

    Recent Successes, Policy Landscape, and the Long Road Ahead to Reproductive Justice


    The 2012 election resulted in tremendous wins for Latinas, both in how many Latinas cast ballots, and in terms of substantive legislative victories. Latinas played a key role in the “Women of Color Wave” responsible for re-electing President Obama and many other decisive outcomes across the country. Over 53% of the electorate were women, and 1 in 10 voters were Latinos. While women and young people are widely credited with electing pro-women policymakers, including President Obama—the fact is that women of color and youth of color drove these trends.

  • Latino Groups Affirm Baseline Coverage for Women - Noviembre 2011 - Download

    Letter from national Latino advocates urging President Obama to reject sweeping expansion of birth control refusal clause.

  • Federal Legislative Priorities: 111th Congress - Julio 2009 - Download
  • Instantes Winter 2005-2006 - Diciembre 2005 - Download

    This edition of Instantes provides an update on the judicial nominations process and highlights what Katrina has shown us about human rights in the United States. The issue also highlights the Latinas for Justice Breakfast held in Chicago as part of NLIRH's campaign to raise awareness and facilitate dialogue with regards to the Supreme Court nomination process.

  • Instantes Spring/Summer 2005 - Marzo 2005 - Download

    In this edition of Instantes, we examine new frameworks: the human right to reproductive health.The Chicago activist, Diana Mendoza shares her thoughts on the ideal Latina reproductive justice activist - La Mujer Maravilla.

Immigrant Rights

  • The Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014 - Marzo 2014 - Download

    Almost two decades ago, politicians began enacting harmful restrictions that put affordable health coverage out of reach for many immigrants authorized to live and work in the United States. The Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women & Families Act would remove political interference and restore coverage so immigrants can participate in the health care programs their tax dollars support. By restoring access to coverage and allowing immigrant women and families to receive the health care they need, this bill will create healthier communities and a stronger economy.

  • The Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014: Endorsement Statement - Marzo 2014 - Download

    Almost two decades ago, politicians began enacting harmful restrictions that put affordable health coverage out of reach for many immigrants authorized to live and work in the United States. The Health Equity & Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women & Families Act would remove political interference and restore coverage so immigrants can participate in the health care programs their tax dollars support. By restoring access to coverage and allowing immigrant women and families to receive the health care they need, this bill will create healthier communities and a stronger economy.

    This Endorsement Statement reflects the support of 182 national and state organizations for the HEAL Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014 as of March 13, 2014.

  • 2013 WOA Appointment Card - Agosto 2013 - Download
  • Immigration Reform Toolkit 2013 - Julio 2013 - Download
  • Immigration Reform Leave Behind Packet - Julio 2013 - Download
  • WOA 2013 Calendar - Julio 2013 - Download
  • Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee: Advance Women's Health in Immigration Reform and Lift 5-Year Bar - Mayo 2013 - Download

    On May 8, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) joined 163 national, state, and local advocates for the health of immigrant women and families in urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to address the health restrictions in S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act," or the Senate bill for immigration reform. As a critical first step, advocates call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to lift the 5-year bar currently imposed on immigrant women's access to affordable and cost-effective health coverage options like Medicaid.

  • State of the Latina 2013 - Febrero 2013 - Download

    Recent Successes, Policy Landscape, and the Long Road Ahead to Reproductive Justice


    The 2012 election resulted in tremendous wins for Latinas, both in how many Latinas cast ballots, and in terms of substantive legislative victories. Latinas played a key role in the “Women of Color Wave” responsible for re-electing President Obama and many other decisive outcomes across the country. Over 53% of the electorate were women, and 1 in 10 voters were Latinos. While women and young people are widely credited with electing pro-women policymakers, including President Obama—the fact is that women of color and youth of color drove these trends.

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Reproductive Justice - Octubre 2012 - Download

    On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced a new policy, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), that allows undocumented youth who meet specific requirements to apply for a two-year protection, or deferral, from removals (deportations) and apply for work authorization. When the policy was announced, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) joined the immigrant and immigrant women’s rights communities to celebrate the decision, while recognizing that the policy does not create a path to citizenship for immigrant Latinas, or diminish the need to pass the DREAM Act that expands opportunities for all immigrant Latinas.

  • Beyond Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: What other forms of immigration relief may be available to Latinas? - Octubre 2012 - Download

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is granted on a case‐by‐case basis and not all undocumented youth will be eligible to qualify. It is estimated that of the 1.7 million eligible for DACA, another 2.7 million immigrant youth are not. Those who do not quality for DACA may have questions regarding other forms of immigration relief. While Deferred Action is one type of relief for undocumented immigrants, it is certainly not the only type of relief. This fact sheet explains the other options that may be available to undocumented immigrants.

  • Activist ToolKit: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Comments Submission Guidelines - Octubre 2012 - Download

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued an Interim Final Rule excluding those granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from expanded coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. This, in conjunction with August 28, 2012 Guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prohibiting states from using federal funds to provide health coverage to pregnant immigrant women and immigrant youth under 21 years of age under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, will dramatically restrict access to health care for individuals who came the United States as children. HHS has opened this Interim Final Rule to the public for comment. Comments are due at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on Monday, October 29, 2012. Please read below about how you can express your opposition to the rule and urge HHS to remove this harmful rule.

  • Over 50 National, State, and Local Organizations Stand with Immigrant Women in Opposing the "Aderholt Amendment," Restrictions on Abortion Care - Junio 2012 - Download

    In this letter to members of the House of Representatives, over fifty national, state, and local organizations join the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) in opposing the Aderholt Amendment to H.R. 5855, the Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations Bill, which bans federal funding for abortion care for immigrant women in detention.

  • Immigrant Women and the 2011 Performance-Based National Detention Standards - Mayo 2012 - Download

    Since 1994, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) has defended and supported equality for Latinas, who face a unique and complex array of reproductive health and rights issues. These issues are exacerbated by poverty, gender, racial and ethnic discrimination, xenophobia, and often, language barriers, all of which make it especially difficult for Latinas to access the full range of available reproductive health care services, including abortion services. NLIRH integrates human rights principles into our work and believes that immigrant rights are women’s rights. And, as a founding steering committee member of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women's Rights (NCIWR), which is comprised of more than 50 local, state, and national organizations that represent millions of constituents, NLIRH is making a real difference in the lives of immigrant women and families in the U.S

  • 2012 Federal Policy Agenda - Febrero 2012 - Download

    NLIRH respectfully urges the 112th Congress and the White House to ensure all Latinas and immigrant women have access to abortion care services, to address reproductive health disparities that disproportionately impact Latinas and immigrant women, and to prioritize the reproductive health needs of Latinas and immigrant women within immigration reform. This document is a brief overview of NLIRH’s federal policy priorities for 2012.

  • NCIWR submits comment in strong support of the rule to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act - Febrero 2012 - Download - View

    The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) was pleased to submit the comments in strong support of the rule proposed by the Department of Labor (DOL) to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations to extend basic labor protections—minimum wage and overtime premium pay—to nearly 1.8 million low-wage home care workers. NCIWR’s more than fifty member organizations, including steering committee members National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), work to promote the equal rights of immigrant women—a population that is substantially represented among domestic workers. The proposed rule will advance economic security and fair pay for women, especially women of color, as well as improve quality of much-needed care for elderly and disabled populations.

  • Latino Groups Affirm Baseline Coverage for Women - Noviembre 2011 - Download

    Letter from national Latino advocates urging President Obama to reject sweeping expansion of birth control refusal clause.

  • Latina Immigrant Women's Access To Abortion: Insights from Interviews with Latina Grasstops Leaders - Septiembre 2010 - Download

    This research brief analyzes par­ticipants’ responses regarding abortion.  Three themes emerged from participants’ responses regarding abortion: lack of access to adequate information and referrals, the impact of abortion on funding for programs and services, and immigrant youth access to abortion.

  • 2010 Federal Policy Agenda - Abril 2010 - Download

    This document outlines NLIRH's legislative priorities for 2010 within the areas of abortion access, reproductive health disparities and immigration reform.

  • Q&A - NLIRH's Stance on Health Care Reform - Marzo 2010 - Download

    A brief question-and-answer document outlining NLIRH's current postion on the health care reform bill.

  • Advancing Reproductive Justice in Immigrant Communities: Promotoras/es de Salud as a Model - Enero 2010 - Download

    This report highlights NLIRH’s work with promotoras/es de salud (community health workers) and highlights the connection between promotoras/es and reproductive justice as an opportunity for movement building and social change.

  • Health Care Reform Action Kit - Noviembre 2009 - Download

    This action kit includes everything you need to take action to ensure that health care reform is comprehensive and covers the needs of women and immigrants.

  • Federal Legislative Priorities: 111th Congress - Julio 2009 - Download
  • Instantes Winter 2008-2009 - Diciembre 2008 - Download

    This edition of Instantes highlights the need for including migrant farmworkers' perspectives in health care reform. It also features our new Civic Particpation campaign, the Latino Vote during the 2008 elections and spotlights Miami activist, Erika Cordova.

  • Statement on the HPV Vaccine - Julio 2007 - Download

    NLIRH advocates a standard of care that will provide Latinas with all the possible options in preventing cervical cancer: regular HPV and cervical cancer screenings during gynecological visits, comprehensive sexuality information, affordable access to reproductive health technologies such as the HPV vaccine and accurate information on preventing HPV and other sexually transmitted infections. NLIRH supports Latina’s full access to new reproductive technology when it is coupled with unbiased information and implementation that is free from coercive policies and practices.

  • USSF Briefing Book: Immigrant Rights and Reproductive Justice - Junio 2007 - Download

    This is a special section of the 2007 United States Social Forum Reproductive Justice Briefing Book contributed by NLIRH, focusing on immigrant rights.

  • Instantes Fall 2006 - Septiembre 2006 - Download

    This edition of Instantes features an article on why immigration is a matter of reproductive justice. It also highlights the first National Advocacy Weekend, where Latina Advocacy Network members had the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other, as well as generate new and exciting action plans.

  • Statement on Immigration Reform - Abril 2006 - Download

    NLIRH's statement on immigration reform and reproductive health.

  • Reproductive Health of Latina Immigrants - Diciembre 2005 - Download

    Latinos are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. and account for one in every seven U.S. women of reproductive age. Latina immigrants are less likely to receive adequate reproductive health care, including annual pap smears, contraceptives, HIV treatment and sex education.  Due to barriers, lack of health care coverage, basic information, culturally and linguistically appropriate services, as well as fear of deportation many Latinas do not have access to reproductive health care services.

  • Prenatal Care Access Among Immigrant Latinas - Diciembre 2005 - Download

    An estimated 56% of low-income Latina immigrants of reproductive age are uninsured in the United States. Even those insured still have limited access to culturally competent and linguistically appropriate care, as well as important reproductive health information. Due to this many Latinas forgo vital preventative care including prenatal care. Expanding access to prenatal care services to all Latinas is a key aspect of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

  • Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers - Diciembre 2005 - Download

    A migrant farm worker is an individual whose principal employment is in agriculture on a seasonal basis and who establishes a temporary residence for such employment. In the year 2000 over 85% of these workers were uninsured. Often without access to any contraception, family planning or abortion services. Aside from reproductive disparities there are also a number of other barriers and inequalities these people face everyday.

  • Latina Immigrants and Abortion - Julio 2005 - Download

    The high rate of poverty among Latinas, coupled with limited public funding sources for abortion make it difficult for many Latinas to access abortion. This makes many Latinas turn to unsafe and unhealthy methods of self-induction. Barriers such as limited funding, Medicaid restrictions, cultural or language differences and lack of access to education about services leave many Latinas without any safe and legal options.

  • National Latina Agenda for Reproductive Justice - Enero 2005 - Download

    This document outlines our national reproductive justice agenda for Latinas.

LGBTQ Latin@s

  • Queer Immigrants and Affordable Health Care - Febrero 2014 - Download
  • State of the Latina 2013 - Febrero 2013 - Download

    Recent Successes, Policy Landscape, and the Long Road Ahead to Reproductive Justice


    The 2012 election resulted in tremendous wins for Latinas, both in how many Latinas cast ballots, and in terms of substantive legislative victories. Latinas played a key role in the “Women of Color Wave” responsible for re-electing President Obama and many other decisive outcomes across the country. Over 53% of the electorate were women, and 1 in 10 voters were Latinos. While women and young people are widely credited with electing pro-women policymakers, including President Obama—the fact is that women of color and youth of color drove these trends.

  • AT THE MARGINS OF CARE: The Need for Inclusive Health Care for Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Latin@s - Enero 2013 - Download

    At its core, the reproductive health and justice movements are about bodily autonomy for all, and particularly those whose gender is marginalized. Though this movement has traditionally been about women’s control over their own bodies, we recognize now that this is not enough. As people whose genders have been marginalized, not just cisgender women, but transgender and gender non-conforming people too are consistently and systemically denied full bodily autonomy.

     

  • 2012 Federal Policy Agenda - Febrero 2012 - Download

    NLIRH respectfully urges the 112th Congress and the White House to ensure all Latinas and immigrant women have access to abortion care services, to address reproductive health disparities that disproportionately impact Latinas and immigrant women, and to prioritize the reproductive health needs of Latinas and immigrant women within immigration reform. This document is a brief overview of NLIRH’s federal policy priorities for 2012.

  • LGBTQ Latin@s and Reproductive Justice - Junio 2011 - Download

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Latin@s have been a part of movements for reproductive justice and sexual liberation for as long as these movements have existed. The specific health care needs of LGBTQ Latin@s, however – and more specifically the reproductive health issues of direct concern to LGBTQ Latin@s – have rarely been a focus of either LGBTQ or reproductive rights advocacy. While the concerns of LGBTQ Latin@s often mirror those of the LGBTQ population at large, a specific set of reproductive justice issues do arise for Latin@s in the areas of reproductive health, immigrants’ rights, and access to public benefits.

  • Federal Legislative Priorities: 111th Congress - Julio 2009 - Download

Sterilization

  • State of the Latina 2013 - Febrero 2013 - Download

    Recent Successes, Policy Landscape, and the Long Road Ahead to Reproductive Justice


    The 2012 election resulted in tremendous wins for Latinas, both in how many Latinas cast ballots, and in terms of substantive legislative victories. Latinas played a key role in the “Women of Color Wave” responsible for re-electing President Obama and many other decisive outcomes across the country. Over 53% of the electorate were women, and 1 in 10 voters were Latinos. While women and young people are widely credited with electing pro-women policymakers, including President Obama—the fact is that women of color and youth of color drove these trends.

  • Federal Legislative Priorities: 111th Congress - Julio 2009 - Download
  • Instantes Fall 2007 - Septiembre 2007 - Download

    This edition of Instantes focuses on cervical cancer, HPV and Latinas, and the launch of NLIRH's Cuídate. Ármate. Edúcate. Latinas for Cervical Cancer Prevention Campaign. Dr. Elena Gutierrez, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago discusses the Sterilization Policy Project, a follow-up study to research conducted during the 1970s that examined hospital sterilization policies and procedures, and more specifically their compliance with federal guidelines. Also spotlights New York City activist, Diana Salas.