Center for Reproductive Rights

aka CRR   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.reproductiverights.org

Mission

The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill.

Ruling year info

1997

President and CEO

Ms. Nancy Northup

Main address

199 Water Street 22nd Floor

New York, NY 10038 USA

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Formerly known as

Center for Reproductive Law and Policy

EIN

13-3669731

NTEE code info

Reproductive Rights (R61)

International Human Rights (Q70)

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U.S. Legal Program

The Center’s U.S. Legal Program works to advance the reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare of women—particularly young women, low-income women and women who belong to marginalized communities that are most at risk from reproductive rights violations and restrictions. Through our litigation and state level advocacy, the Center works to ensure minors’ access to reproductive healthcare including emergency contraception and abortion, improve accessibility and affordability of reproductive healthcare and advance women’s dignity and equality in the context of reproductive health and rights. The Center uses human rights advocacy strategies to forge relationships with marginalized groups and reproductive justice organizations and tackle the issues of disparities in reproductive healthcare access and outcomes. In collaboration with reproductive justice and human rights groups, we will continue to document racial disparities in reproductive health, obstacles to accessing safe, legal abortion, and the practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women during labor to hold the U.S. accountable for compliance with human rights obligations at the United Nations, work with the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women to address the legal and practical obstacles preventing women in situations of violence from accessing reproductive healthcare, and advance the framing of restrictions on funding for abortion and reproductive healthcare as a gender and racial equality issue.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

. In the past five years, the Center has spearheaded the use of international litigation and legal advocacy with great success, winning landmark victories that protect women’s health, including two decisions that hold governments accountable for ensuring access to legal abortion services. Working in capacity-building partnerships with national, regional and international NGOs, Center attorneys have filed groundbreaking cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American human rights system and UN human rights bodies. They have also provided legal arguments for precedent-setting cases in national courts in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa, most recently winning a victory in Nepal that ensures women’s access to safe abortion services, including the establishment of a government fund to pay for poor and rural women’s abortions. Center staff have worked on cases, fact-finding reports, publications and legal reform efforts in over 50 countries on access to essential obstetrics care, contraception, assisted reproductive technologies, and abortion; coercive sterilization; child marriage; comprehensive sexuality education; and the right to information. Recognizing the effectiveness of the Center’s approach, groups working against global recognition of reproductive rights have adopted their own legal and advocacy strategies at the international, regional and national levels. In 2011, the Center will significantly expand our regional presence and ability to engage with local and national advocates by opening regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Bogotá, Colombia; and a site in Asia, currently under review.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The Center’s human rights mandate and expertise in constitutional, comparative and international law have enabled us to establish important connections with the State Department and other policy elites.  In addition, we play a niche role in the reproductive rights coalition as the legal expert on both U.S. and international reproductive rights law, as a group committed to working more closely and easing tensions with the reproductive justice community, and as a group that can be counted on to advocate boldly for the centrality of abortion rights and women’s access to abortion services in the pro-choice agenda.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Reproductive freedom lies at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination and equality embodied in both the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Center works toward the time when that promise is enshrined in law in the United States and throughout the world. We envision a world where every woman is free to decide whether and when to have children; where every woman has access to the best reproductive healthcare available; where every woman can exercise her choices without coercion or discrimination. More simply put, we envision a world where every woman participates with full dignity as an equal member of society.

Since 1992, our attorneys have boldly used legal and human rights tools to create this world. We are the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, with expertise in both U.S. constitutional and international human rights law. Our groundbreaking cases before national courts, United Nations committees, and regional human rights bodies have expanded access to reproductive healthcare, including birth control, safe abortion, prenatal and obstetric care, and unbiased information. We influence the law outside the courtroom as well, documenting abuses, working with policymakers to promote progressive measures, and fostering legal scholarship and teaching on reproductive health and human rights.

We are legal innovators seeking to fundamentally transform the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and have already strengthened laws and policies in more than 50 countries. Help us realize every woman's right to reproductive health and autonomy: Take action. Donate.

The Center is a legal innovator seeking to fundamentally transform the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide.

We have defined the course of reproductive rights through our victories in regional, federal, and local Courts around the world, as well as at the United Nations. We also influence the law outside the courtroom, Reporting on Rights and Engaging policymakers to promote progressive ideas and defeat proposals that are discriminatory, punitive, or dangerous to women's health.

The Center is expanding the world community of knowledgeable, committed reproductive rights champions. We sponsor Conferences and Trainings for lawyers and other advocates. And our Law School Initiative is revolutionizing the way reproductive rights law is taught in the U.S.

In the U.S. for over 40 years, there has been an unyielding assault on women’s fundamental right to decide whether to carry a pregnancy to term.The Center is more than prepared to meet this challenge in the United States. While we face some of the toughest cases since our founding, we are energized by the recent introduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act, a robust and far-reaching federal bill conceived of by the Center to render the tactics of hostile anti-choice politicians unlawful, and to clear away the legislative interference that threatens to close clinics and prevent too many women from exercising their rights. We are ramping up our outreach to state policy makers to promote a positive women’s health agenda and to call on the government at all levels to support policies that protect women’s access to reproductive healthcare.

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Center for Reproductive Rights

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathleen Tait

Nancy Northup

President & CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights

Nonnie Burnes

Former Commissioner of Insurance for Massachusetts, Former Associate Justice on the Supreme Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Nicki Gamble

Past President & CEO, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Cynthia Blumenthal

Board Member, Bob Woodruff Foundation; Commissioner, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute

Phyllis Cohen

Founder, University of Texas Center for Women in Law

Jonathan Kaufelt

Former Outside General Council, Natural Resources Defense Council

Amy Metzler Ritter

Former Senior Attorney, Hewlett-Packard Company

Kathleen Tait

J.B. Kittredge

Maria Cardona

Lorraine Clasquin

Barbara Grossman

David Hoffman

Rachel Lam

Heidi Lindelof

Janice Mac Avoy

Karla Martin

Heather Podesta

Joseph Stern

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/05/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.