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Sandra Fluke
Reproductive justice advocate

"Making Our Voices Heard"
Special Events – (Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women's Leadership Lecture)

Wed., Mar. 27, 2013, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

In this presentation, social justice advocate Sandra Fluke will discuss her notable experience in 2012 before a House panel, in which she passionately testified on the need to provide access to contraception. She discusses how even though she was raked over the coals by conservative political commentators, rather than respond in kind, she transformed the media focus into an opportunity to advocate for important social justice concerns for women. Fluke also expertly surveys local, state, and federal legislation and legislative trends that have the potential to advance or hinder the progress of social justice. Her inspiring talk is nothing short of a call to audience members to make their own voices heard and create social change and legislative action on issues that are important to them.

From the beginning, Sandra Fluke has devoted her career to public interest advocacy. In February of 2012, she testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the need to provide access to contraception. She has since spoken about this and other issues of concern to women and young people across news outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and CBS television.

Fluke recently graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center as a Public Interest Law Scholar with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. She was awarded the 2012 National Association of Women Lawyers Award and a Dean's Certificate, and was recognized for her extensive pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. During law school, she also engaged in human rights advocacy in Kenya.

Prior to attending Georgetown, Fluke created and led the Program Evaluation Initiative for Sanctuary for Families in New York City, ensuring high quality services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. She also served on the Manhattan Borough President's Taskforce on Domestic Violence and co-founded the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which successfully lobbied for legislation allowing LGBTQ, teen, and other victims of intimate partner violence to access civil orders of protection.

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