Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise in U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law.
The Center works across the globe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information. In the U.S. Legal Program, the Center’s preeminent litigation team has helped millions of women and their families by securing government funding for abortions, striking down abortion bans and other access restrictions, and protecting teens’ access to emergency contraception and confidential reproductive healthcare services and information. The Center’s complementary legislative advocacy initiatives and strategies have helped local advocates fight restrictive abortion legislation in over 25 states as well as promote reproductive rights and access to health care for millions of women. Through our human rights advocacy, the Center has been able to promote the integration and adoption of human rights principles in the domestic sphere while systematically norm-building and elevating local reproductive health issues within international treaty monitoring bodies and partner organizations.
The Center’s Global Legal Program has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in over 50 countries. Our U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program, based in Washington, DC focuses on both U.S. domestic and foreign policy, providing leadership within the community of reproductive rights allies. In recent years, the Center has been able to dramatically expand its pro bono support from U.S. and non-U.S. based law firms, supporting not only the work of our U.S. Legal Program, but also our U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program (engaged in federal advocacy in Washington D.C.) and our Global Legal Program (engaged in advocacy and litigation before the United Nations and various regional and national bodies throughout the world).
The Human Rights Fellow will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, to reverse the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establish the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S. A key component of our strategic plan is to restore heightened protections for abortion rights, as promised to American women in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade (1973).
To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.
The Center seeks a Human Rights Fellow in the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program who will report to the Senior Human Right Counsel. S/he will be responsible for assisting in the development of human rights advocacy strategies, implementation of human rights standards in the United States, and related advocacy work in the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program.
The position will be based in New York.
• Conducting human rights documentation in the U.S. in support of advocacy efforts;
• Conducting legal and factual research and analysis to support advocacy on reproductive rights at the state, federal, and international levels;
• Drafting advocacy materials on reproductive rights issues for U.S. audiences that incorporate a human rights analysis;
• Representing the Center and conducting oral advocacy before international and regional human rights mechanisms concerning reproductive rights issues in the United States;
• Cultivating relationships with key stakeholders in the domestic and global human rights movements;
• Engaging in public speaking and other representation of the Center at external events;
• Supervising the work of interns and support staff in the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program;
• Serving as the liaison to the Global Legal Program to ensure coordination of work across the Center’s programmatic departments.
• Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values.
• Prior work or volunteer experience in women’s rights, reproductive rights, or civil rights;
• Experience integrating human rights strategies into a multifaceted advocacy campaign;
• Knowledge of international and regional human rights law and mechanisms;
• Strong legal research and analytical skills;
• Excellent presentation, writing and communication skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse actors and constituencies;
• Ability to work collaboratively, to multi-task, and to work under pressure;
• Strong work ethic and attention to detail;
• Fluency in spoken and written Spanish highly preferred;
• Some domestic and possibly international travel required.
• J.D. or LL.M. in international law;
• At least 1-2 years post-graduate experience with human rights advocacy, preferably as applied to the United States.
Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.
Duration of Position: Two years (September 2015-August 2017)
How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, résumé, writing sample and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.
Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they come in and we will not hold the position open for any specific time period. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by February 13, 2015.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.