Know Your “Labor” Rights – panel discussion about the rights of pregnant employees and patients.

Panel discussion about the rights of pregnant employees and patients.

Join legal and reproductive health experts to learn about the employment rights of pregnant folks and their decision-making rights regarding their health care and birth plan.

Panelists include:

  • Chanel Porchia-Albert, CD, CPD, CLC, CHHC, Founder and Executive Director of Ancient Song Doula Services
  • Allegra Fishel, JD, Founder and Executive Director, Gender Equality Law Center
  • Indra Lusero, JD, Staff Attorney at Pregnancy Justice
  • Co-sponsored by the NYU Law Reproductive Justice Clinic


Allegra Fishel, JD

Allegra L. Fishel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Gender Equality Law Center. She oversees all aspects of the organization’s legal, advocacy, fundraising, development and organizational strategy in alignment with GELC’s mission to advance laws and policies to combat gender-based discrimination and stereotyping. Allegra is a frequent lecturer on gender-based discrimination to the private bar, the public and to advocates at a variety of nonprofits. She received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Chanel Portia-Albert, CD, CPD, CLC, CHHC

Chanel has been working within infant and maternal health since 2008 when she founded Ancient Song Doula Services a doula organization focused on bringing full spectrum doula services and classes to those whom are often overlooked within marginalized communities and communities of color in an effort to address the disproportionately high infant and maternal mortality rate among African-American women in NYC. Chanel has attended over 100 + births in various settings such as home birth, hospital, and birthing center in the U.S. and abroad and is a Certified Lactation Counselor, Certified Full Spectrum Doula, Certified AAP/NRP (neonatal resuscitation), Midwifery Assistant, Full Spectrum Doula Trainer, Reproductive Justice & Health Advocate, and speaker on Birth Justice & Health Equity.

Indra Lusero, JD

Indra Lusero is a Staff Attorney with Pregnancy Justice and a reproductive justice entrepreneur who founded Elephant Circle, a Birth Justice capacity-building organization, and the Birth Rights Bar Association, a membership association for lawyers working on issues related to childbirth. As a Queer, Genderqueer, Latinx parent rooted in the Rocky Mountain West Indra is attuned to the importance of people on the margins and their role in leading us to dismantle oppressive systems and build a more equitable world. Indra practices a multidisciplinary approach including legal advocacy, community-based lobbying, rulemaking, community organizing and education. Indra regularly speaks about birth justice, informed consent, and policy approaches to substance use and pregnancy. Indra received a J.D. from the University of Denver, an M.A. from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound.