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Watch NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin Williams on CNN’s “United Shades of America”!

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin Williams was featured on the 5/19/19 episode of CNN’s “United Shades of America” hosted by W. Kamau Bell. This episode, “Body Politics”, focused on reproductive rights and justice in Jackson, Mississippi, and Aarin grounded the episode in a discussion of intersectionality, reproductive justice, and maternal health.

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.

Racism, Obstetric Violence, and Black Women’s Bodies” webinar (NAPW/BRBA)

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) and Birth Rights Bar Association (BRBA) are hosting a monthly webinar series featuring topics related to birth justice, reproductive justice, maternal health, and the law. During Black Maternal Health Week in April 2019, BRBA and NAPW co-sponsored a webinar entitled: “Racism, Obstetric Violence and Black Women’s Bodies”, with panelists Aarin Williams (Senior Staff Attorney at NAPW), Colleen Campbell, JD, Chinyere Oparah, PhD, and Oneika Bogle, that discussed the various ways Black women experience force and coercion related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Join our webinar “Racism, Obstetric Violence and Black Women’s Bodies” on April 12!

NAPW is a proud sponsor of Black Mamas Matter Alliance's Black Maternal Health Week 2019 #BMHW19. Please watch our webinar "Racism, Obstetric Violence and Black Women's Bodies," on April 12, 2019, that we are doing in collaboration with the Birth Rights Bar Association (BRBA) and Black Maternal Health Week 2019.

Webinar speakers Aarin M. Williams, JD; Colleen Camille, JD; Chinyere Oparah, PhD; and Oneika K. Bogle will be focusing on the various ways that Black women experience force and coercion related to pregnancy.

NAPW Activist Update– No Going Back!

Dear Friends and Allies,

Our New Year was off to a rousing start with the publication of the New York Times editorial series, "A Woman's Rights." It brought attention to NAPW cases, clients, and framing, and helped push New York's legislators to pass the Reproductive Health Act (RHA). Below please find updates about the RHA, NAPW's staff, work, and how you can help.

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.

NAPW at the 2018 Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute in Atlanta, GA

NAPW Senior Staff Attorney Aarin Williams and Research & Program Associate Victoria St. Clair attended Black Mamas Matter Alliance’s inaugural Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute in Atlanta, GA! The 2018 Conference and Training Institute focused on “Empowering the Movement for Black Maternal Health, Rights, and Justice”. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with and learn from maternal health care providers, advocates and activists around the country fighting for Black maternal health, rights and justice.

NAPW Webinar: Race, Pregnancy, and the Opioid Epidemic: White Privilege and the Criminalization of Opioid Use During Pregnancy

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.