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“I’m a DREAM Act eligible youth, also queer, and I’m thinking this was an amazing experience for me. It was a concrete way I could link Reproductive Justice to the work I do in immigration.” -Felipe Matos

Felipe’s testimony about the training we piloted in Miami on LGBTQ issues as a matter of reproductive justice is just one example of the strides National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) made in 2011. No doubt the past 12 months were also wrought with non-stop attacks on low-income and immigrant women’s comprehensive health care and access. But December is a time of celebration. We hope you will join us in reflecting on a few of the many milestones that, with your help, we marked over the year.



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Tonight, in honor of NLIRH’s new Executive Director, Jessica González-Rojas, we’ll be hosting a Twitter Fiesta (also known as a Twitter Party) during Jessica’s welcome reception.


Join us on Twitter this Monday, December 5th, as we officially welcome Jessica González-Rojas as our new Executive Director!

It’s easy to get involved! Simply follow us on Twitter and tweet your welcome wishes to Jessica using @NLIRH in your tweets. Also, log on during our “Twitter Fiesta” from 6:30- 9:30 6:00-8:00 PM EST (5pm-7pm CST, 4pm-6pm MST, 3pm-5pm PST) where we’ll curate a conversation about Jessica’s exciting vision for the future of NLIRH!

Please invite your networks and friends to join us as well! Happy Tweeting!

Head on over to Twitter and follow the conversation @NLIRH.

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It was by a fluke of timing that the We Belong Together delegation was in Georgia speaking out against that state’s SB 1070 copycat legislation on the same day that neighboring Alabama announced that large parts of its copycat legislation survived a legal challenge. But now that parts of Alabama’s strict immigration law have been upheld, the countdown towards implementation begins. In other words, the time has come for the wave of fear that has been building across the country to come crashing over Alabama’s growing immigrant population.

And this fear is warranted:  on its face, the law aims to lock up immigrants or drive them out of the country, or at least the state. Short of driving the immigrant population out, the law may effectively drive immigrants into the factories and the fields as it tries to ensure that they are uneducated, impoverished, and easily exploitable. As the We Belong Together delegation highlighted, Arizona’s concerns have become those of Georgia, and it is now clear that these concerns are very real in Alabama, too.


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National Field Organizer at NLIRH Stephanie J. Alvarado has an article in the Huffington Post about why she is Pro-Access.

The word ‘abortion’ is always one that stirs debate. But it shouldn’t. Here’s why.

I was recently asked if I was pro-life, or if I was pro-choice. You know what I answered, “I’m pro-access.” I’m pro-access because terms like ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ are antiquated and assume that all women have a choice to begin with, when in reality, many women have limited access to reproductive health care because so many restrictions are set in place. Women should be supported to actually have a choice to begin with, and the fact that we’re in the 21st century, still having this debate, is something that I find remarkable.

As a 24-year-old proud Latina woman and daughter of immigrants, I am part of the fastest growing demographic in our country. It’s why I’m so passionate about the issue of abortion, and why I devote my days to protecting a women’s legal right to choose in my work with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health — the only national Latina health and reproductive justice organization in the United States.

Some people ask me if I’ve had an abortion, and if that’s what led me to this line of work. To that I respond ‘no,’ but here’s what drew me to devote my time to one of our nation’s most divisive issues. Since I was 14 years old, I have always recognized my agency in fighting for social justice issues in my community. From being a young student organizer until present day, my life has always been connected to fighting for those who are marginalized and underserved. I am motivated and strengthened by the stories that our activists share with me on a daily basis about the constant struggle it is for them to be able to attain quality and affordable reproductive health care. It is a fight faced every day simply because we are women.

Read the full article here.

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Following an exceptional eight years leading the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Silvia Henriquez is stepping down as Executive Director in mid 2011. With unfaltering commitment and ingenuity, Silvia advanced NLIRH’s vision, elevating the voice of Latinas in the fight for reproductive rights and justice.

Through her leadership, NLIRH has actively transformed the discourse on reproductive health disparities by linking public policy advocacy with grassroots leadership development, community organizing and activism. Silvia’s dedication and integrity has been an inspiration to both the staff and board. We will keep you informed of our plans to honor Silvia in 2011 and of course we wish her continued success wherever her career and life journeys lead. ¡Muchísimas Gracias Silvia!

The Board of Directors has initiated an executive transition process with the assistance of Elsa A. Ríos of Strategies for Social Change LLC. Elsa helped to recruit Silvia eight years ago, so we are very pleased and confident to be working with her to identify Silvia’s successor and ensure a healthy executive leadership transition.

You can read a letter from Silvia about her transition here.

Go here to see the job description for the ED search.

For updates on the transition process, visit this page.


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NLIRH was recently identified as a high-impact nonprofit by 192 National Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice experts. Of 19 organizations identified by experts in the field of reproductive rights and justice, NLIRH was ranked 6.

The panel of experts said about NLIRH:

Respondents wrote at length about the unique role of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in serving the intersection of race and reproductive justice issues. In substantiating this support, they cite numerous policy areas in which the organization played a leading voice in mobilizing the movement.

Check out the complete profile at Philanthropedia.

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NLIRH seeks an experienced, resourceful and innovative individual with strong leadership skills and advanced analytical abilities to promote a national policy agenda designed to promote and protect the reproductive health and rights of Latinas. The policy analyst will be responsible for promoting NLIRH’s policy and advocacy work in the areas of abortion access, contraceptive equity, young Latinas’ sexual health, immigrant women’s rights and reproductive justice.

Full description and application details here.

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