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“The inequalities and maladies of our economic systems often manifest in public health crises. At both the systemic and specific levels, these are often exacerbated by the interactions of our privatized health and pharmaceutical systems and the tendency to refer all problems to the criminal legal system. From the opioid epidemic to spiraling medical debt and prisons that are toxic in every sense, private actors and the legal system interact to the detriment of public health.

As with all systems, our public health crises break down extremely unevenly on lines of race, gender, class, and other indices of marginalization and exclusion. Justice Catalyst thus maintains a particular focus on public health crises’ effects on Black and Indigenous communities, and on the effects of gender inequities on our public health systems, from reproductive rights to underpaid care work. “

Abigail Burman
Meet the Fellow

Abigail Burman is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Fellow focusing on self-managed abortions as a public health issue.

ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

The ACLU's Reproducitve Freedom Project's work focuses on a range of issues, including protecting access to affordable contraception, protecting a woman’s ability to make personal, private decisions about pregnancy and abortion, and fighting pregnancy discrimination.

Center for Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights is a global human rights organization of lawyers and advocates who ensure reproductive rights are protected in law as fundamental human rights for the dignity, equality, health, and well-being of every person.

Chelsea Gabriela Tejada
Meet the Fellow

Chelsea Gabriela Tejada is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project working to protect the rights of noncitizen immigrants in government custody.

Chris Vu
Meet the Fellow

Chris Vu is a 2022-2023 Justice Catalyst Fellow pursuing policy and litigation strategies for people with serious mental illnesses in jail or experiencing homelessness with Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation and Loyola’s Anti-Racism Center at LMU Loyola

Elyssa Spitzer
Meet the Fellow

Elyssa Spitzer is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights working on new legal theories for advancing reproductive justice.

Health Law Advocates

Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal representation to low-income residents experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for needed medical services.

Laura McCready
Meet the Fellow

Laura McCready is a 2019-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the ACLU of Massachusetts combatting discrimination against people being treated for opioid use disorder.

Lauren Gorodetsky
Meet the Fellow

Lauren Gorodetsky is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the National Women's Law Center focusing on litigation efforts to promote and defend reproductive rights.

Marisol Dominguez-Ruiz
Meet the Fellow

Marisol Dominguez-Ruiz is a 2022-2023 Justice Catalyst Fellow working to enforce underused disability laws in carceral settings with ACLU's National Prison Project.

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts is the leading grassroots pro-choice advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, and we believe that every person should be able to make personal decisions about the full range of reproductive health options.

Rajiv Narayan
Meet the Fellow

Rajiv Narayan is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Fellow at the Oakland City Attorney's Office working to advance health equity through local government.

Sarah Kahn
Meet the Fellow

Sarah Kahn is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the ACLU of Southern California developing legal tools in support of community movements in Southern California to reduce incarceration and discrimination by investing in housing, mental health care, and services in

Sarah Lee Day
Meet the Fellow

Sarah Lee Day is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts creating a statewide compliance report on recent victories and a Legislative Toolkit to assist other grassroots organizations to learn from and emulate Massachusetts’ successes.