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Bethany Van Kampen

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Bethany Van Kampen serves as the Senior Policy Analyst at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she is responsible for the abortion access and affordability portfolio. Bethany leads the federal policy work and supports the needs of the Latina Advocacy Networks (LANs) on issues related to abortion access and affordability.

Prior to joining NLIRH as Policy Analyst, Bethany was a Women’s Policy Inc. legislative fellow in the office of Senator Barbara Boxer (CA), where she focused on policies regarding reproductive healthcare. Bethany received her law degree and Master of Social Work from Tulane University where she co-founded and served as President of the Tulane Law Students for Reproductive Justice and was a member of the Law & Sexuality Journal and the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic. While in graduate school, Bethany also served as a board member of the New Orleans Abortion Fund, as well as a founding member of the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and the Louisiana Judicial Bypass Project. Prior to graduate school, Bethany served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, where she facilitated the formation of a small hydroponic farming business led entirely by Latina women. She received her BA in Psychology from Tufts University.

Navigating an Obstacle Course (blindfolded!): A Closer Look at the Barriers Women of Color Face

August 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Presenters: Candace Gibson, Bethany Van Kampen, Candace Bond-Theriault, Oriaku Njoku

Women of color and LGBTQ people of color face political assaults from federal and state governments to exercise their human rights to health and well-being, sexuality, and bodily autonomy, particularly when obtaining needed abortion care. These attacks are rooted in misogynistic, classist, racist, and homophobic ideas of who is entitled to sexual liberation and pleasure. The right to abortion care is critical to ensuring bodily autonomy and sexual liberation. As we keep fighting these attacks, we need to reflect and…

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