What We Do

Background

In 1994, a group of visionary Black women developed the Reproductive Justice (RJ) framework, founding a transformational and culturally grounded movement for human rights and social change. Latinas across the country joined with our Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Indigenous herman@s in embracing this new reproductive justice framework. In the process, we reframed our organizing and advocacy to work across issues and identities while building the movement for dignity, justice, and self-determination for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

Reproductive justice is a movement. Reproductive justice will be attained when all people have the economic, social, and political power and means to make decisions about their bodies, sexuality, health, and family, with dignity and self-determination.

Reproductive justice is a framework and approach to working for social change. Reproductive justice organizing and advocacy centers the needs, voices, and leadership of those who have been marginalized/oppressed, including women of color, low-income people, LGBTQ people, young parents, and immigrants. Reproductive justice organizing and advocacy always includes an intersectional power analysis, the understanding that a person's identities determines access to power and resources, and that systems are created and replicated to deny power and resources based on identity. Reproductive justice seeks to identify, name, and dismantle these systems of oppression and build a just world where all people can thrive.

Reproductive justice is a community of people working for social change, for a broad and intersecting set of issues, and on behalf of many communities and viewpoints.

Why it Matters for Latin@s

Latinas—like all people—do not live single issue lives. Reproductive justice requires full recognition of the human and civil rights of our communities: among these the human right to healthcare, including reproductive healthcare; the ability to decide when and if to have children, build our families, and parent our children with dignity; and freedom from immigration policies that disregard our humanity and our contributions.

Latinas across the country are facing detention and deportation, restrictions on access to abortion and other critical reproductive health services, violence, discrimination, economic injustice, lack of health coverage, environmental racism, abusive working conditions, and the denial of our civil and human rights. Despite this daily struggle, our communities continue to resist, teach, build, and create in the face of oppression, and to fight for reproductive justice.

How We Fight for Justice

NLIRH builds Latina power and works in solidarity with our allies to advance reproductive justice, from community organizing in kitchens and church basements across the country, to policy advocacy in state capitals and Washington, DC. Our work will continue until reproductive justice is attained for all Latin@s, our families, and communities.