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Kimia Khatibi

  • Hosted by Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school American University Washington College of Law
  • Issue area LGBTQ+ Rights, Reproductive Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Kimia’s (she/her/hers) project will focus on protecting and expanding access to reproductive healthcare and gender affirming care for young people across the United States through legal research, legislative drafting, and federal congressional and administrative advocacy.

Currently, fourteen states have completely banned access to abortion and an additional 10 states are hostile towards abortion rights. Young people are among those most affected by these bans, due to their limited income and ability to travel independently. Simultaneously, bans on gender-affirming care for young people are escalating across the country. Twenty-two states have passed legislation banning best-practice medical care for transgender youth. Kimia’s project seeks to, in close collaboration with the LGBTQ+ movement, develop and advance legislative strategies that enshrine the bodily autonomy rights of young people into federal law.

Fellowship Plans

Kimia’s project will build on existing work at the Center for Reproductive Rights that touches on the intersection of reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ health care. Kimia will develop a coalition group focusing on youth access to health care, at the intersection of reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ rights. Further, she will create educational materials such as issue briefs and data sheets related to the topic to be used for public education and advocacy efforts. Additionally, she will collaborate with key stakeholders in the reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ movement to develop innovative legislative strategies that will protect young people’s right to access gender-affirming care and abortion.

As a child of Iranian immigrants, I have always been aware of the fragility of human rights that we as Americans often take for granted. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the Center for Reproductive Rights and contribute towards a movement that prioritizes protecting and expanding access to reproductive health care as a human right.

Kimia Khatibi /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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