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
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
The Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF) works to overturn economic barriers to reproductive choice through direct service, education, and advocacy and assists low-income women in obtaining safe abortion services. With Third Wave’s support, CAF builds a stronger base for reproductive justice nationally by training abortion funds on how to link abortion services to political education and advocacy. Link: Chicago Abortion Fund
Choice USA is a national pro-choice organization that gives emerging leaders the tools they need to organize, network, and exchange ideas to build a youth centered pro-choice agenda for reproductive justice. With Third Wave’s support, Choice USA will provide advocacy training for young people to engage youth in reproductive justice campaigns at the local, state and national levels. Link: Choice USA
Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) offers legal and educational services to maintain the bond between imprisoned mothers and their children. Through their Visible Voices project CLAIM strengthens the skills of young women from 18-29yrs in treatment and correctional centers through public speaking, education of public officials and media advocacy. CLAIM is also working with other advocacy groups on a national anti-shackling initiative. Link: Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
CLAIM was funded in 2009. They are based in the .
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
Jahajee Sisters works to create a safer and more equitable society, building solidarity and fostering empowerment of women in the Indo-Caribbean community through dialogue, arts, leadership development and grassroots organizing. Link: Jahajee Sisters
Jahajee Sisters was funded in 2009. They are based in the .
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
The Media Literacy Project (MLP) cultivates critical thinking and analysis of the media in order to advance social justice. Using their media and communications expertise, MLP will use this grant to help develop communications infrastructure and capacity for three current Third Wave grant partners. Link: Media Literacy Project
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) ensures the fundamental human right to reproductive health and justice for Latinas, their families and their communities through public education, community mobilization and policy advocacy. NLIRH will use Third Wave’s support to advance their advocacy and community mobilization efforts and ensure that their leadership development and local grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts resonate with young Latinas. Link: National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
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
The PCYP, which Peter founded in 1994, addresses the unique legal issues facing homeless and indigent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) youth including foster care, education, public assistance benefits and criminal matters. Within PCYP, Streetwise & Safe (SAS), is a leadership development initiative aimed at building knowledge, leadership, and power among LGBTQQ youth of color who experience policing and criminalization in the context of policing of “quality of life” offenses, sex work and trafficking. Third Wave supports their development of “know your rights” materials tailored to the experiences and perspectives of LGBTQ youth, their peer education and organizing work, and their efforts to claim a seat at policy discussion tables as full participants, speak out on their own behalf, act collectively to protect and advance their rights and demand choices that allow youth to maximize their safety, self-sufficiency, and self-determination. Link: Peter Cicchino Youth Project
Peter Cicchino Youth Project / Streetwise & Safe was funded in 2009. They are based in the .
PODER’s approach to reproductive justice work acknowledges that there is a sacred connection to our Mother Earth and the physical, spiritual, mental, and economic well being of women living in predominantly communities of color. PODER is a female of color led environmental justice organization that follows an intergenerational approach when addressing and organizing around the multi-layered impact of oppression occurring in their East Austin, TX community. Link: PODER
PODER was funded in 2009. They are based in the .
Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ) grew out of a coalition of low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (or gender self-determining) and queer-identified (LGBTQ) people and anti-poverty organizations in New York City. Their goal is to challenge and change the systems that create poverty and economic injustice in LGBTQ communities, to promote an economic system that embraces sexual and gender diversity, and build at the intersections of welfare reform and reproductive justice. Link: Queers for Economic Justice
Queers for Economic Justice was funded in 2009. They are based in the .
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
Stonewall Youth, based in Olympia, WA, is a non-profit community organization that supports and advocates for youth ages 21 and under who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer or questioning about their sexual orientation or gender identity. Youth participate in retreats, a yearly drag show, art therapy, fun and sober social activities, an activism summer school, community organizing and education. Link: Stonewall Youth
Stonewall Youth was funded in 2009. They are based in the .
The Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition (YWCHAC) provides support services, training, workshops and events for youth and service providers in order to address rising HIV rates among young women of color 13-24. Third Wave supports the WE SPEAK program, in which young people receive sexual health education, advocacy and organizing training, and leadership development. YWCHAC is conducting a research and public education campaign that explores the connections between quality of life, schooling, and related socioeconomic indicators. Link: Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition
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