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Introducing Bibiana Martinez, the newest edition the NVNV team. Bibiana is the Spring Community Mobilization Intern. About Bibiana:

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What brings you to NLIRH?

I love the organization’s mission and its work; it matches my passion for women’s rights and reproductive health. NLIRH combines what I consider to be two of the main aspects of activism: policy work and community mobilizing. My personal experiences as a Latina immigrant have been a driving force in my career choices and have led me to jobs in which I have worked mostly with Latinas. I feel that NLIRH is the perfect place in where I can combine my background as a Latina and an activist to contribute to the women’s rights movement.

What is it about reproductive justice that gets you going?

For me, it’s all about justice. Social justice is my passion, and there can be none while women are not being treated equally and their rights are not being respected. It is our duty as women to participate in our country’s political discourse and demand that we are acknowledged in the broader social justice movement.

What are some issues you think you will blog about?

I want to blog about current developments that affect women’s rights, especially their reproductive rights. I think its important to keep our eyes open to what is happening in the world and how that affects us and the issues we are fighting for. I consider it my duty as an activist to bring light to these issues and to add my voice to the social discussions that take place in our society today.

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Another blogger introduction, Maria Elena Perez, Director of Community Mobilization at NLIRH.

 

What brings you to NLIRH?

I feel like being at NLIRH is a coming home of sorts for me. I was a sexual health educator in college and loved what I did. I particularly enjoyed working with the Latino students on campus on sexual and reproductive health issues. This experience led me to obtain my Master of Social Work. During grad school and after, I gravitated toward working with immigrant women survivors of violence. In sum, my commitment to Latinas, working against gender based violence, and sexual and reproductive health led me here. This position and organization is a perfect home for the issues I’m passionate about!

 

What is it about reproductive justice that gets you going?

It’s about how inclusive the framework is of other social justice movements. You cannot fight for reproductive justice without also addressing immigration, economic justice, violence against women and environmental justice, for example.

 

What are some issues you think you will blog about?

I’m committed to blogging about the intersection between violence against women and reproductive health, and the connections between our fight for reproductive justice here in the States to what’s occurring in Latin America. Another issue I’d like to blog about is transnationality and women’s reproductive health.

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New blogger: Liza Fuentes

Welcome a new blogger to Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz, Liza Fuentes! Liza is the Senior Research Associate at NLIRH.

What brings you to NLIRH?

I was a community mobilization intern at NLIRH three years ago before I started grad school, and afterwards I continued to be involved in advocacy and research for Latina reproductive health. When I saw that NLIRH was looking for a researcher, I was so excited for the opportunity to come back and to integrate my skills and passion for research with the movement building and activism work that got me started in advancing Latina reproductive justice.

What is it about reproductive justice that gets you going?

First and foremost, it was the transformative experiences I had as a young woman trying to deal with her own reproductive health needs. When I realized how little I knew about what I needed and how to get, I got angry. My friends and I talked a lot about dating and sex, but much less about sexuality, relationships, and how to stay healthy. I then started volunteering and working at a Latino-serving health clinic and an abortion hotline, where I realized it wasn’t just me! I work for reproductive justice because Latinas and all women deserve a lot more respect, services, resources, and rights when it comes to creating our own healthiest and best lives.

What are some issues you think you will blog about?

Research! When new information comes out from universities and government agencies about how Latinas are doing in terms of reproductive health, I am looking to let everyone know about it and comment on what it all means from a reproductive justice perspective.

 

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Introducing our third new blogger for this fall, Dominique Diaz, Community Mobilization Intern. Welcome Dominique!

What brings you to NLIRH? I was working at a non profit organization called The Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective which is an organization that advocates for pregnant and parenting teens by helping them get back into school, find employment and help with legal issues. There was a law intern stationed at the Collectives that brought to my attention an opportunity to become an Intern at Latina Institute. I read on what they were looking for and thought that I would be right for the position. At the Collectives’ I was learning about Reproductive Health and Reproductive Justice and wanted to learn more and see what I could do to help provide information and resources to women about their Reproductive Rights.

What is it about reproductive justice that gets you going? What gets me going about Reproductive Justice is how broad it is, and how much information you can learn from it. I really feel that its important to give women options that will not only affect her but her family as well.

What are some issues you think you will blog about? Teen Pregnancy, Uninsured Latinas, and Immigration

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Welcome Karen!

A warm welcome to Karen Velasquez, Research Intern! She is our second new blogger this fall.

What brings you to NLIRH?

 

My interest in social justice issues ranging from women’s rights to immigrant rights combined with my background in research and community organization brings me to NLIRH. As a Latina, I am interested in finding ways to be a part of positive change for the Latina/Latino community which is often underrepresented in many spheres from health to education, and I believe NLIRH’s mission is an important one which is making great strides for our community.
What is it about reproductive justice that gets you going?
Immigrant women in the U.S. often lack proper access to healthcare and are a vulnerable group which needs support because the obstacles they face are complex and manifold (lack of information about their rights, being a single mother and supporting a family, undocumented status, etc.). It is not only a civil rights issue but a human rights issue which must be addressed more pro-actively in our society. High rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections amongst young Latinas are other issues which get me going that I believe should be addressed. I think there should be more comprehensive health education in schools which appeals to the Latina community and makes more meaningful connections. I believe these Latinas should be aware that they have the support of organizations such as ours, which are concerned with their rights and well-being.

What are some issues you think you will blog about?

With the upcoming elections I think I will blog about how the different parties plan to address immigration and health issues because I think it is important to be aware of how the different administrations will potentially help or harm social justice efforts. I am also interested in education, and I will likely be blogging about Latina youth in U.S. educational systems and the barriers they confront in attaining academic success. I am also interested in blogging about a variety of current events on the local and national level which impact our community.

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This fall we are lucky to be joined by three fabulous new interns at NLIRH. They will all be blogging for NV, NV. I’ll be introducing each of them with a quick interview this week and they will be begin blogging next week.

So to begin, welcome Angela Donadic, our Fall Policy and Advocacy Fellow!

What brings you to NLIRH?

I have a strong interest in reproductive health, and am hoping to learn more about the field from a policy perspective.

What is it about reproductive justice that gets you going?

What bothers me the most is the gaps in services provided to women, including availability, affordability, knowledge or insurance, just to name a few.  Reproductive health is something that is impacted by many variables, and I think this need to be accounted for when considering the average women in the United States.

What are some issues you think you will blog about?

I would like to blog about medical advances and the access given to women in marginalized communities, as well as work being done at the community level to help improve the health of women who may have difficulty accessing care.  I am also interested in immigrant policy and how this affects women entering the U.S.

To learn more about Angela, check out her bio on our staff page. Welcome!

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Gracias Edith!

Edith Gonzalez, our Spring Intern is ending her time with NLIRH today. Thanks for your contributions at Nuestra Vida, Nuestra Voz Edith!

Some parting words from her:

Hello to all:

Today is my official last day as an intern at NLIRH, tear. The internship has been a rewarding experience, not only because I was able to work with amazing, intellectual, experienced, outgoing, and beautiful feminists, but because the Latina Institute epitomizes leadership and represents the multiple perspectives behind the struggle for the women of color community within the reproductive justice framework. A factor that is often disregarded, but actually having that platform, is definitely reassuring and motivational as a young Latina.

I will, nonetheless, continue blogging about my future travels in Mexico and as a devotee of NLIRH. My Brown Black and Queer blog contributions will also continue to unfold.  So, it is not goodbye, but an HASTA PRONTO!

-Edith Gonzalez Flores, Spring Policy and Communications Intern

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