NAPW Welcomes Sara Ainsworth as Director of Legal Advocacy
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) is thrilled to welcome Sara Ainsworth, JD, to our staff as Director of Legal Advocacy. Sara, a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, brings to NAPW her many years of experience as a women's rights attorney, activist, and teacher.
Most recently, Sara worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law, and served as a longtime lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. She has taught law school courses on gender violence, poverty, reproductive rights and justice, and headed a legal clinic advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence.
Prior to full-time teaching, Sara worked as Senior Counsel at Legal Voice (formerly the Northwest Women’s Law Center), where she led the organization in advancing the legal rights of women living in poverty, improving the civil legal response to domestic and sexual violence, and securing the rights of all women to reproductive health and freedom.
Her work at Legal Voice included legislative and legal advocacy protecting patient’s rights to get medications – including contraceptives – at the pharmacy counter on site and in a timely manner. She also helped lead efforts to stop the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers in Washington State, lead successful efforts to pass a bill prohibiting the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women, and represented women raising children born of rape. Sara is also the author of a Ninth Circuit amicus brief written on behalf of more than 50 anti-violence organizations and law professors, explaining why access to contraceptives is essential to survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. As a staff attorney at Legal Voice she also co-authored amicus briefs in NAPW cases, representing pregnancy loss organizations and bringing attention to the cruelty of prosecuting women who have suffered stillbirth or the death of a newborn.
Sara is proud to be one of the founding board members of Surge Northwest, an organization that works to mobilize Northwest communities for reproductive and racial justice. Sara is also a member of the Washington State Gender & Justice Commission. She is the mother of two boys, and a hiker and gardener (as required by her Pacific Northwest roots). Sara will continue to live in Seattle, her hometown, as she stretches the daily reach of NAPW from coast to coast.
Please join NAPW in welcoming Sara to our staff. With the miracles of modern technology, you can do so by calling her at Ext 25 (212-255-9252) or by writing to her at SLA@advocatesforpregnantwomen.org.