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Monday, May 9, 2016

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Supports Dignity for Young Parents

Press Release
RaeAnn Roca Pickett, Senior Director of Communications & Public Affairs Phone: 202 621 1409 Email:

Cohort of state and national organizations join together for Young Parents’ Week of Action May 9-15
Washington, D.C. —Today, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) joined national and state-based organizations and advocates to kick-off Young Parents’ Week of Action from May 9-15, 2016. The week of action supports young families and calls for policies that help them thrive. NLIRH and the National Women’s Law Center will host young parent activists at a congressional briefing, where they will speak on the importance of providing young families with the respect, recognition and resources they deserve. The parents will be joined by policy advocates from various national organizations.
“We believe young families, like all families, deserve the opportunity to thrive. NLIRH’s fight for reproductive justice includes young families,” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of NLIRH.“Unfortunately, due to stigma and shaming, pregnant and parenting youth face discrimination at work, at school and when accessing healthcare, which limits these opportunities. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health stands with the National Women’s Law Center and Strong Families in calling on Congress to give every parent the opportunity and the resources they need to thrive.”
Recently, NLIRH released the Young Parents’ Dignity Agenda, which calls for commitments from elected officials to support important bills and policies that fall under each pillar of justice for young parents: Fair employment, education and opportunity, healthcare for all, access to childcare and educational programs for kids, and affordable housing. 
Co-sponsors and presenters for the congressional briefing include: Strong Families, Strong Families New Mexico, Young Women United, Advocates for Youth, National Crittenton Foundation, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, Healthy Teen Network, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SEICUS), National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth, and MomsRising. 
For more about the Young Parents’ Week of Action, visit us at or on Facebook and Twitter @NLIRH and using the hashtags #YoungParentsDignity.
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.