NAPW Statement in Support of Black Lives, Black Lives Matter, and Reproductive Justice for Black Lives (RJ4BlackLives.org)

National Advocates for Pregnant Women mourns the death of George Floyd and the death of every Black person murdered by police forces in the United States. We recognize the systemic problem of police brutality and join the Black Lives Matter movement in calling for immediate and radical change.

Race, Pregnancy, and the Opioid Epidemic

In NAPW's study, Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women in the United States, 1973-2005: Implications for Women's Legal Status and Public Health, Jeanne Flavin and Lynn M. Paltrow documented the fact that an overwhelming and disproportionate number of arrests and detentions were brought against women of color and especially low-income Black women.

NAPW at American Bar Association’s National Conference on Parent Representation

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan and Director of Legal Advocacy Nancy Rosenbloom attended and spoke at this year’s American Bar Association National Conference on Parent Representation in Washington, D.C. in April 2019. This conference “is designed for advocates who focus on parent advocacy in the child welfare system”, including many parent defense attorneys from around the country.

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan presents on the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to a New York State Department of Health workgroup

In December 2018, NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Amber Khan delivered a presentation to the AIDS Institute’s state-wide Women Who Use Drugs Workgroup, part of the New York State Department of Health, on the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and its connection to pregnancy and drug use.

Read “Child Welfare and the Intended Consequences of the War on Drugs” by NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin Williams

After moderating a related panel at the New School, NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin Williams published a piece entitled “Child Welfare and the Intended Consequences of the War on Drugs” in the May 16, 2018 issue of Urban Matters: Ideas and Analysis from the Center for New York City Affairs.

NAPW featured at American Public Health Association (APHA)’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo

In November 2017, NAPW's Executive Director Lynn Paltrow presented at the Maternal and Child Health Town Hall session at the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, GA. During this session, Lynn Paltrow spoke about substance use and supporting the needs of pregnant women and the well-being of children and families.

October 2017: NAPW in Alabama and Georgia

In October, NAPW staff traveled to Alabama and Georgia to connect with local advocates and allies and speak about our work advocating for the human and civil rights of pregnant people. In Tuscaloosa, AL, Nancy Rosenbloom (Director of Legal Advocacy) and Aarin Williams (Senior Staff Attorney) presented a teach-in organized by the Yellowhammer Fund about the chemical endangerment law in Alabama and the criminalization and punishment of people in relationship to pregnancy.