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Jeryl Hayes

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers   ·   Twitter: @ifwhenhow

Jeryl Hayes is the Movement Building Director, who shapes movement building strategies, grows and evolves programs, and oversees the mobilization and networking of law students and legal professionals to champion reproductive justice within and beyond the legal system. Prior to working with If/When/How, Jeryl worked as the Director, Public Policy for Physicians for Reproductive Health, and as the Domestic Policy Analyst with Advocates for Youth. Jeryl focused her legal training on reproductive health, rights, and justice, and engaged with If/When/How while in law school, both as a legal intern and as a chapter leader. After earning her Masters in Law in Law & Government, with a specialization in Gender and the Law, from American University Washington College of Law in 2012, Jeryl served as an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow, with placement at the Black Women’s Health Imperative.In 2017, Jeryl became the Board President of the DC Abortion Fund (DCAF), an all-volunteer non-profit that makes grants to pregnant people in the Washington, D.C. area who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion. Jeryl previously served as the Chair of the Women’s Information Network (WIN), D.C.’s premier professional, political, and social network dedicated to empowering young, pro-choice, Democratic women. She earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Denison University. Jeryl is based in the Washington, D.C. area.

Know Your Rights: Practical Knowledge for Criminalized Communities and Allies

August 16 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenters: Yveka Pierre Esq., Kebé, Alicia Sanchez Gill, Jeryl Hayes

As engaged members of communities, we have seen first hand what it looks like when people are first "othered" and subsequently criminalized. Though those in power frame criminalization as a response to "harmful conduct" we have seen that criminalization has been used as a sword in a false morality excursion instead of as a shield from injury or harm. Two groups specifically targeted are those who engage in sex work, and those who self manage their abortions, sharing the burden…

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