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Yveka Pierre Esq.

Pronouns: She/Her   ·   Twitter: @ifwhenhow

Yveka Pierre is the litigation counsel with If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. Yveka is a graduate of University of District Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, where she became immersed in justice driven legal work; participating in DC Law Students in Court Criminal Defense clinic as well as UDC Law’s HIV/AIDs general litigation clinic. She has spent the last few years as a public defender in NYC defending those who are indigent from targeted criminalization. She brings her experience as a public defender to help inform and develop litigation strategy and analysis to support those who have been criminalized as a result of a self managed abortion, and misapplied archaic laws designed to enjoin reproductive freedom. In her role as Litigation Counsel, she investigates, files and litigates cases in state and federal courts, and creates and supports partnerships with lawyers and legal organizations. Yveka is a Haitian born, and Florida raised New York transplant who is committed to raging against the dying of the light.

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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