Amber Gavin

Amber Gavin - 2019 Nominee
Position: Program Director
Organization: Abortion Access Front (formerly Lady Parts Justice League)
Current Location: United States, North America
Master of Arts from Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with an emphasis in Asia
Minor: English/Creative Writing
Honors: Sigma Iota Rho, International Relations Honor Society; Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society; Order of Omega, Greek Leadership Honor Society

Relevant Coursework:
International Security
International Law
General Diplomatic Studies and Practice
Practical Labs: Media, Mediation, Negotiation Training, and Strategic Crisis Management

Conferences attended:
Abortion Care Network's Annual Conference - 2017, 2018, 2019
National Abortion Federation's Annual Conference - 2019
We are EMILY Conference - 2019
Feminist Majority Foundation's National Young Feminist Leadership Conference - 2018
Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit - 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Amber Gavin leads the movement by organizing team outreach visits to over 40 abortion clinics, pulling off insane fundraising goals, and even putting her body on the line to protest and be arrested on the Supreme Court steps. – Jennifer Roman, Writer at Lady Parts Justice League
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

As Program Director of Abortion Access Front (formerly Lady Parts Justice League), I have organized, led, collaborated in physical, emotional, & financial support for 60+ independent abortion clinics in 25 states. I organized a campaign that sent 3000+ thank you & encouragement postcards to abortion providers, organized a community activist fair in 2017 to match volunteers with opportunities, collaborated in direct actions against anti-abortion terrorists at clinics & at Operation Save America’s national convention, & collaborated with celebrities to amplify abortion-positive messages. I implemented a successful 94-letter campaign from providers, ally organizations & activists to the State of Florida advocating against parole for Michael Griffin, the murderer of Dr. David Gunn.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In college, I was sexually assaulted by a classmate. Unsure if I had been raped, I went to my off-campus physician who refused to prescribe emergency contraception as it was against her religious beliefs. With the support of family, friends & available resources, I drove to Walgreens & purchased Plan B. Aware that people without my privilege face obstacles far greater than the ones with which I was challenged, I resolved to make access to comprehensive family planning methods my life’s work.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I openly and unapologetically talk about abortion in an effort to shift from stigma to normalcy. In 2018, I was a panelist at Feminist Majority Foundation's National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, an Abortion Care Network Conference Planning Committee Member, & co-created/produced A Night for EMILY’S List at NY Comedy Club. Most recently, I coached new activists on risks associated with civil disobedience, after being arrested, during the hearings of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

My dream is to use the recognition, relationships, & access from this platform to collaborate with abortion care leaders in researching, identifying, & eliminating detrimental elements & barriers to providing comprehensive, intersectional family planning. I want to follow this with large-scale strategic planning to relieve current burdens on clinic operations & opening new comprehensive family planning clinics, that proudly provide abortion care, in geographies of great need.

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