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Center for Reproductive Rights

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

Mission

The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights around the world. Since its founding in 1992, the Center’s game-changing litigation, legal policy, and advocacy work—combined with unparalleled expertise in constitutional, international, and comparative human rights law—has transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies.

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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Litigation

The Center’s game-changing litigation, legal policy, and advocacy work—combined with our unparalleled expertise in the use of constitutional, international, and comparative human rights law—have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies. Innovative legal strategies have secured groundbreaking victories in national courts, United Nations committees, and regional human rights bodies that have blocked harmful laws, held governments accountable, and expanded reproductive rights and access. In some of the most challenging environments in the world, Center attorneys file cases to dismantle longstanding legal barriers that for generations have kept people from accessing the health care they need. Our work has strengthened reproductive health laws and policies and expanded access to reproductive health care in more than 60 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Pregnant people

Governments around the world are guided and influenced by the standards established at the United Nations (UN), including the development and application of international human rights law, humanitarian law and global commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals. UN bodies play a key role in defining reproductive rights, which include the rights to life, health, non-discrimination, freedom from torture and ill treatment, and access to information. The UN has declared that ending gender-based discrimination, reducing preventable maternal mortality and ensuring access to reproductive health care are goals all countries should meet by 2030. The Center has played a key role in working with and supporting the UN agencies, treaty bodies, Human Rights Council and Security Council to clarify state responsibility and increase state accountability for reproductive rights.

Population(s) Served

The Center for Reproductive Rights works to ensure that federal agencies protect, respect, and fulfill the human right to health care by holding agencies accountable and promoting policy changes that advance access to reproductive health care—and now that the Supreme Court has eliminated federal protections for abortion rights, holding agencies accountable is more important than ever. The Center advocates for and against proposed rules and regulations, educates key stakeholders on the impact of federal policies and actions, makes policy recommendations, uncovers key documents and records, works to hold the Executive Branch accountable, and challenges unlawful actions and regulations in the courts. The Center continues to work with the Biden-Harris administration to promote progressive policies that advance reproductive health care in the U.S. and around the world.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Pregnant people

In the U.S. at the state level, the Center helps advance proactive laws and policies that expand access to abortion care, improve maternal health outcomes, and enhance access to assisted reproduction with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other reproductive care. The Center supports state-level coalitions and works in partnership to defeat policies restricting access to reproductive health care, including abortion. In all 50 states, the Center’s State Policy and Advocacy Team tracks and analyzes abortion legislation, including bans, TRAP laws, waiting periods, method and reason bans, insurance coverage limits, and many others. The policy and advocacy team provides technical assistance such as legislative testimony, messaging, and strategy guidance to legislators, independent abortion providers, independent advocacy organizations, researchers, and other valuable stakeholders. 

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Pregnant people

The Center’s Maternal Health & Rights Initiative promotes the human rights of pregnant, birthing, and postpartum people in the United States. Harnessing the power of law, policy, and strategic advocacy, the Initiative seeks to improve access to safe and respectful maternal health care for all who need it, and to ensure that all people have an opportunity to attain the highest standard of maternal health possible for themselves. The Initiative’s three main priorities are ensuring high quality data collection, fighting for access to safe and respectful comprehensive maternal health care, and addressing racism within and beyond the health care system. Maternal health issues in the U.S. disproportionately impact Black women, due to structural racism, biased and discriminatory treatment from providers, limited access to quality care, and broader inequities in health. Black women are nearly 3x more likely to die than white women from pregnancy complications.

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

The Communications and Marketing department educates and informs key stakeholders and audiences on the importance of building, enforcing, and defending legal guarantees in order for communities around the world to live under stronger legal protections for reproductive rights, advancing the Center's mission. The Communications and Marketing department accomplishes the Center's objectives by effectively communicating through its institutional channels (website, social media, direct response), earned media, events, thought leadership, content strategy, arts and entertainment engagement, marketing, and partnerships.

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

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

21% of our revenue in FY22 was raised by institutions, totaling $18,625,948.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

Financials

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Center for Reproductive Rights

Board of directors
as of 05/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joseph A. Stern

Joseph A. Stern

Managing Director, Legal, Goldman Sachs

Karla Martin

Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting

Louisa G. Ritter

President, Pisces, Inc.

Michele Coleman Mayes

Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary - New York Public Library

Heidi Lindelof

Advocate, Activist, Women’s Health & Gender Equity

Nancy Northup

President & CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights

Penny Abeywardena

Former NYC Commissioner for International Affairs

Cynthia M. Blumenthal

Board Member, Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV); Commissioner, National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution; Advisory Council, Bob Woodruff Foundation

Santiago Canton

Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue

Lorraine Clasquin

Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue

RoAnn Costin

Founder and President, Wilderness Point Investments

David H. Hoffman

Partner, Sidley Austin

Dr. Mwaba P. Kasese-Bota

President, Zambian Centre for Innovation Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Development

Tara Kole

Co-Managing Partner, Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole

Janet K. Levit

Professor of Law, University of Tulsa

Sharon D. Malone, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Alloy Women’s Health

Joachim Osur

Vice Chancellor, Amref International University

Jaime Patel

Angel Investor and Advisor, Silicon Valley

Gina Pell

Entrepreneur, Content Chief, The What

Dr. Carole Presern

Professor of the Practice, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Anitha Reddy

Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Lisa Rosenblum

Retired Vice Chairman, Altice USA

Mary E. Rubin

President, Borrego Foundation

Paula Samper

Partner, Gómez-Pinzón Abogados

Jamia Wilson

VP and Executive Editor, Random House

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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/5/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender 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.