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Lalita Moskowitz

  • Hosted by American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Law school University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Issue area Prisoners' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Lalita improved access to healthcare and addressed sexual abuse of and retaliation against incarcerated women in New Mexico through direct representation and collaborative advocacy to achieve systemic policy change.

Incarcerated women are one of the most marginalized and underserved populations in the United States. Incarcerated women face heightened challenges in the custody of penal institutions designed for men, which fail to address their unique needs and vulnerabilities, causing lasting physical, psychological and emotional harm. There are almost no resources or services in New Mexico specifically dedicated to incarcerated women. Lalita’s project filled an important gap by holding state and local institutions accountable and specifically addressing the health care and related needs of women behind bars.

Fellowship Highlights

Lalita’s direct advocacy resulted in quite a few individual women finally getting access to the healthcare that they needed. Lalita began several impact litigation civil rights cases aimed at addressing healthcare and sexual abuse in women’s prisons. Additionally, Lalita’s legal advocacy and presence in the media has shone a light on systemic problems and sent a message to the state that they cannot continue abusive practices without repercussion.

Next Steps

Lalita remains at the ACLU of New Mexico as a staff attorney, where she continues her work with the state’s incarcerated population as well as working on other ACLU issue areas.


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