9 Lunas provides holistic health education and skills development for the Latina community in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. 9 Lunas works to build support systems, teach skills and expand resources for pregnant, birthing, and parenting Spanish-speaking Latinas.
9 Lunas was funded in 2008. They are based in the .
A Long Walk Home uses art therapy and the visual and performance arts to document, to educate and to bring about social change. Using testimonies, poetry, music, photographs, and videos of and by women and children, A Long Walk Home provides safe and entertaining forums through which the public learns about healing from trauma. One of their core programs is Girl/Friends, a multi-media art program designed specifically for adolescent girls (ages 14-19) that addresses issues of sexual assault, teenage dating violence, statutory rape, sexual harassment and sexual assault laws. Link: A Long Walk Home
Backline is dedicated to addressing the broad range of experiences and emotions surrounding pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion. Working from a vision of a society in which pregnancy options are discussed with openness, honesty, and the deepest respect for reproductive justice, Backline provides a forum in which women and their loved ones can engage in discussion that goes beyond political rhetoric. Backline is based in Portland, Oregon. Link: Backline
Backline was funded in 2008. They are based in the .
The Birth Attendants tend to the physical and emotional needs of pregnant women incarcerated in the Washington state prison. Third Wave’s multi-year grants, the first foundation support received by Birth Attendants, continues to allow them to provide paid doula positions, expand family planning services, document human rights abuses and educate the wider community about the conditions and needs of incarcerated pregnant women. Link: Birth Attendants
Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective, based in Brooklyn, NY and a member of the Reproductive justice Network, works to break the cycle of generational poverty among pregnant and parenting low-income mothers by helping them actively engage in improving the conditions that impact their lives. BYMC also builds leadership skills in young mothers and organizes them to improve the response of community and government agencies in addressing their needs. Link: Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective
Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective was funded in 2008. They are based in the .
Casa Atabex Achè runs a women's clinic in the South Bronx that provides alternative healthcare for young women of color. Through three holistic programs that integrate intensive personal development and collective political education, Casa provides the opportunities and resources for the womyn of Mott Haven to reclaim their bodies, minds and spirits and, as a consequence, their rights. Link: Casa Atabez Achè
COLOR is dedicated to building a movement of Latinas, their families, and allies working for reproductive justice through leadership development and organizing. COLOR will continue to educate and organize young Latinas ages 12 to 24 around reproductive issues by developing curricula for their Latinas of Vision and Latinas Increasing Political Strength youth programs. Link: Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity & Reproductive Rights
Different Avenues strives to protect the health, rights and safety of girls and women of color who engage in alternative economies and activities and are affected by systemic and interpersonal violence and health disparities. By developing leaders and providing harm reduction services, Different Avenues seeks to strengthen and support girls and women of color who engage in survival strategies and build their power within the reproductive justice movement. With Third Wave’s support, Different Avenues will run focus groups for women and girls in juvenile detention using their curriculum “Don’t Fall for It,” which is designed to teach young women and girls about reproductive health and justice and how to resist violence and know their rights in the system. Link: Different Avenues
JASMYN offers the only teen-friendly safe space in northeast Florida for LGBTQ and gender queer youth to grow and develop their leadership and activism skills. In addition to hosting a drop-in health clinic, JASMYN runs the Gender Connections Project, which promotes wholeness and social change with transgender (including gender variant) youth through empowerment, reproductive justice awareness, education, advocacy, and support services. JASMYN’s youth leaders were instrumental in the passage of anti-harassment policy in Florida public schools. Link: Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network
Kalpulli Izkalli is an intergenerational resource and action center dedicated to transforming the health and environment of communities of color in New Mexico. Kalpulli Izkalli centers the needs of under-resourced women and families and uses the provision of traditional health and healing services as an entry point to leadership within the organization, community, and reproductive justice movement. Kalpulli Izkalli is a leader in community education around midwifery, birthing practices, and the dangers of environmental toxins. Link: Kalpulli Izkalli
Khmer Girls in Actions (KGA) develops Southeast Asian women and boys in Long Beach into social justice organizers who can respond to the immediate needs of their communities. With Third Wave’s support, KGA will grow their youth organizing work, develop their leadership pipeline, and strengthen their fundraising and fiscal management capacity. Link: Khmer Girls in Action
Mujeres Unidas, based in San Antonio, Texas, unifies the Latino community by providing a safe environment for bilingual/bicultural support services and education to Latinas and their families living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS. Mujeres Unidas has recently launched a campaign to advocates for changing the current approach to sex education in one of the largest school districts in the community. Link: Mujeres Unidas
Mujeres Unidas was funded in 2008. They are based in the .
New Voices Pittsburgh (NVP) is a human rights activist organization led by and for women of color. NVP elevates the powerful voices of women of color ages 12-35 through social justice activism, civic engagement and leadership development. NVP promotes cross-movement collaboration through hosting reproductive justice ally trainings and dialogues on challenging homophobia in Black communities. New Voices will use Third Wave’s support to expand their work fighting for Health Care Reform and to protect the human rights of incarcerated women. New Voices will develop their expansion plan to include an office in Philadelphia, PA. Link: New Voices Pittsburgh
Strong college sexual assault policies are a key element in the prevention of sexual assault. Despite the well-known prevalence of sexual violence among college students, current college sexual assault policies commonly lack primary prevention efforts and due process procedures, exclude student input, traumatize survivors, and ignore disparate treatment of survivors and assailants based on gender, class, race, sexual orientation, and disability. Committed to social change through community mobilization, Students Active For Ending Rape arms students with the tools needed to mobilize communities and make lasting change on campus. Link: SAFER
Sistas on the Rise advocates for quality education for teen parents and expecting mothers as a way of building leadership among young mothers and reducing poverty and unintended pregnancies. SOTR continues to build trust and community as they assess factors that impact and/or impede the educational access and achievement of young mothers, including the closing of "pregnant and parenting schools" in New York City. Link: Sistas on the Rise
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW works to build and sustain a powerful reproductive justice movement in Georgia and the South that centers the experiences of young women of color, LGBTQ youth of color, and other marginalized communities. SPARK was instrumental in the defeat of a race and sex selection anti-abortion bill, and the accompanying racist billboard campaign. In early 2011, SPARK released “Giving Birth Behind Bars: A Guide to Achieving Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated Women,” as an introduction to their state-wide anti-shackling campaign. With Third Wave’s support, SPARK will increase their statewide presence in Athens, Columbus, Augusta, and Macon with the hope of passing their Giving Birth in Safety and Dignity Bill, and will organize Georgia's first Queer and Trans Youth Summit. Link: SPARK
St. James Infirmary offers free, confidential, nonjudgmental medical and social services for sex workers of all genders and sexual orientations. St. James is the first occupational safety and health clinic run by and for sex workers. They also operate the STRIDE program, which provides appointment-based hormone therapy services as well as drop-in clinic hours and a support group series for transgender sex workers. With Third Wave’s support, they will provide comprehensive healthcare and social services for transgender and gender variant sex workers and their partners. Link: St. James Infirmary
Young Women United (YWU) was created by young women of color and allies to change the relations of power in Albuquerque. YWU members seek to reduce violence, improve health, and build power in their communities through public education, organizing and advocacy. YWU is nationally recognized for their leadership in the fight for comprehensive sexuality education in New Mexico. Having just passed a bill declaring August 25th “Young Mothers’ Day” in New Mexico, YWU will continue leadership development, organizing, and advocacy with young women and trans youth, and will continue to work with the Department of Health to implement recommendations from their participatory research project on young people’s experiences with healthcare in New Mexico. Link: Young Women United
The Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP) is a youth leadership organization grounded in harm reduction and social justice organizing by and for girls and young women, including transgender women (ages 12-23) impacted by the sex trade and street economies. In 2011 YWEP will continue to operate the Bad Encounter Line, through which girls and young women can report their experiences with institutional violence. Through the Chicago Task Force for Homeless, Homefree and Street Based Youth, YWEP will help author and promote the adaptation of a Street Youth Bill of Rights among youth-serving organizations in Chicago. Link: Young Women’s Empowerment Project