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Reproductive justice and carceral states: Undermining rights for birthing people

December 5, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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This event will entail a fireside chat led by Dr. Brittney Butler, PhD, MPH, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University and will focus on how carceral states undermine reproductive justice rights for birthing people in the U.S. During our time we will use a critical and interdisciplinary lens to understand what can be done to mitigate the harms of these systems for those formerly and currently impacted, and how to begin to dismantle these systems to improve population health from a policy, research, organizing and community building perspective.

Date and Time: Monday, December 5, 2022 at 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. ET

Location: Kresge G2 & Zoom

Lead Organizer:

Dr. Brittney Butler Francis

Brittney Butler, PhD, MPH

Dr. Brittney N. Butler is a social epidemiologist whose primary research seeks document and combat anti-Black racism as a fundamental cause of racial disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality for Black women. Dr. Butler holds a dual academic appointment as an FXB Health and Human Rights Fellow and David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


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Ayana Aubourg, Executive Director, Sisters Unchained

Ayana Aubourg is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sisters Unchained. Ayana was born and raised in Cambridge and graduated from Simmons College in 2016. She is deeply committed to, and guided by, a community of daughters with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated parents and organizes healing spaces for families with incarcerated loved ones while supporting their advocacy.
Registration for in-person attendance

Dinner options for in-person attendees will be made available by request through the registration form above. Dinner orders need to be placed by 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 1st, 2022.

Registration for virtual attendance

This event is co-hosted by the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights and the Women, Gender & Health Interdisciplinary Concentration at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.


December 5, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Kresge G2 & Zoom
677 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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