Pregnancy Justice Co-Hosts “American Poverty and Gender: Government Control and Neglect of Women Living in Poverty” event

Last month, Pregnancy Justice co-hosted a public panel discussion entitled "American Poverty and Gender: Government Control and Neglect of Women Living in Poverty" at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. The event followed the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights’ December 2017 visit to the United States, and explored “the intersections of gender, poverty, and race, with a particular focus on how state surveillance, punishment, and limited access to health care impact the human rights of women.”

The moderated panel discussion featured Prof. Martin Guggenheim (NYU School of Law Family Defense Clinic), Chanel Porchia-Albert (Ancient Song Doula Services), Melissa Upreti (UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women), Melissa Torres-Montoya (National Network of Abortion Funds) and Cherisse Scott (SisterReach), and was moderated by Prof. Cynthia Soohoo (CUNY School of Law Human Rights and Gender Clinic). The evening also included a keynote address from Prof. Khiara Bridges (Boston University School of Law).

You can find the UN Special Rapporteur’s statement on his visit to the U.S. here. The statement quotes a report Pregnancy Justice worked with other civil society groups to write and submit titled “Poverty and Human Rights in Alabama”, which explains the criminal justice and child welfare systems' impacts on the human rights of pregnant and parenting women in Alabama.

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