AR Policy Fellow, U.S. Human Rights

Job Title: AR Policy Fellow, U.S. Human Rights 

Department: US Programs

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, visit

The Role: The Center seeks an Assisted Reproduction (AR) Policy Fellow in the United States Program. The Fellow will report to the Assisted Reproduction Human Rights Policy Counsel and will be a member of the U.S. Human Rights Team. The AR Fellow will be part of a small and entrepreneurial AR team leading the Center’s work in support of Assisted Reproduction in the United States.

The AR Team focuses its work on three issues in the U.S.: surrogacy, access to IVF, and embryo personhood and custody. It examines these issues using a human rights and social justice lens, with a particular emphasis on racial, disability, and economic justice, and by centering the voices of people impacted by Assisted Reproduction. Its work is geographically focused on the U.S., but is informed by global realities, and by the Center’s other program priorities, including on abortion, contraception, and maternal health.

Anticipated work will include research, legal, and policy development in the areas of surrogacy, access to IVF, and embryo personhood and custody in the United States.  As part of this small team, the AR Policy Fellow will work closely with other members of the U.S. Human Rights Team as well as colleagues in Pro Bono, Communications, and colleagues in U.S. Programs Litigation, Judicial Strategy, Lawyer’s Network, and Federal, and State teams.

This position will be based in New York City.

Responsibilities: Primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assisting in all aspects of AR legal research, policy research, and program infrastructure;
  • Conducting AR legislative analysis and mapping in partnership with legal assistant;
  • Conducting AR case tracking;
  • Legal analyses of state and federal legislation and regulations pertaining to AR;
  • Technical assistance to partners on AR-related legislative and policy issues in the U.S.;
  • Supporting potential amicus brief and litigation strategies in collaboration with other U.S. Programs staff; and
  • Public speaking.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
  • JD degree;
  • Knowledge of reproductive rights framework and/or the human rights, civil rights, or racial and social justice framework;
  • Ability to undertake complex legal analytical work and to write clearly and effectively;
  • Self-motivated with strong inter-personal skills;
  • Ability/Willingness to travel.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • One to two years of post-law school experience;
  • Strong research and policy interest in Assisted Reproduction;
  • Supervisory and management experience with demonstrated ability to mentor and supervise junior staff.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

Duration of Position: This is a two-year, full-time fellowship starting in late summer/early fall 2019.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please submit all of your materials as a single PDF under either the cv/resume or cover letter upload option.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 6th, 2019. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied to through the Center website. The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection) and nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account information as part of this process. If someone contacts you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application, please notify before taking any further action.  

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