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Gaby Garcia-Vera

Gaby Garcia-Vera - 2019 Nominee
Position: Domestic Program States Manager
Organization: Catholics for Choice
Current Location: United States North America
Some College from Miami Dade College
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
- Wayside Center for Popular Education, Interpreting for Social Justice, 2016
- Ancient Song Doula Services, Full Spectrum Labor & Postpartum Doula, 2015
- Coral Gables Senior High School
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Out 50
    Awarding Organization:
    South Florida Gay News
    Date Awarded:
    June 1, 2017
  • Award:
    Bronze U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Miami Dade College
    Date Awarded:
    May 1, 2010
  • Award:
    Student Leader of the Year
    Awarding Organization:
    Miami Dade College
    Date Awarded:
    May 1, 2010
Gaby is an exceptional leader mobilizing diverse communities. In his current role, he mobilizes people of faith for reproductive rights in states across the country. He makes connections between LGBT issues, family planning, faith, and racial equity. – Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President at Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In my work to advance family planning and reproductive health, rights, and justice. I have organized 1000's of people across many states in the US as well as the colony of Puerto Rico to actively engage in organizing around policy change. I've met with and lobbied 100's of legislators on everything from laws relating to parental notification, access to contraception, sex ed, and access to abortion related health care that is safe, legal, accessible, and free of stigma or shame. In 2019 alone I visited over 250 + legislative offices in the pursuit of the advancement of reproductive rights.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My sister was a young parent growing up and my mother was a single mom. Everything I learned about how to be a man I learned from the women in my life. My passion for family planning was first sparked in 2011 when I to my first Reproductive Justice convening with Spark RJ out of Atlanta. In reproductive justice, we have a saying “we get to bring our whole selves to the work” and so this work about our families and our lives must be informed from that wholehearted place.

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

- I have worked with prochoice legislators of faith to help build a counterweight to the religious right in public perception and opinion working to advance repro rights.
- During my time in FL, I helped spearhead and organize the first ever International Women's day mass mobilization and lobbying day in Tallahassee the state capital, working with elected officials to develop and advance policies and positions that fortified and built the movement for reproductive justice throughout Florida.

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? :

If named a winner of 120 under 40 I will use my platform and $1000 grant to advance my work by supporting and helping cultivate new and emerging leaders in the reproductive health, rights, and justice field but giving them access to training and mentorship. I believe we have a responsibility to build the bench for the movements and the people that come after us.

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