Upcoming Events

Women Under Siege: Art Exhibit and Panel Discussion

December 20, 2016

Join us for a panel discussion with Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director of NAPW, in connection with the exhibition, Women Under Siege: Sexism in the Criminal Justice System, on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7pm at Ceres Art Gallery. This exhibit, curated by artist Susan Grabel, addresses the sexism and misogyny ­contained in laws across the country being used against women and is inspired in part by NAPW's research and work.

Women are under siege from misguided legislatures and law enforcement agencies in many parts of the country. Under the guise of protecting the fetus, women are being persecuted, forced to undergo unwanted and unwarranted medical procedures, confined against their will to hospitals, imprisoned for having miscarriages as well as for using substances while pregnant even if, like methadone, they are prescribed by a doctor. Women are being punished for the outcome of their pregnancies and the potential life of a fetus is deemed more important than the life and well-being of the mother.

Women are also under siege by an antiquated criminal justice system that does not take into account the realities of domestic abuse and its impact over the course of time.

Child abuse laws are being manipulated so that abused women are being punished because they couldn't protect their children and often given more jail time than their abusers.

Susan Grabel chose the stories of 25 women whose circumstances illustrate these issues. She invited artists to create an artwork in response to them.

Participating artists: Pauline Chernichaw, Loren Dann, Anne Drager, Everet, Phyllis Featherstone, Susan Grabel, Melanie Hickerson, Elizabeth Featherstone Hoff, Judith Hugentobler, Mary Anne Kinsella, Marilyn Kiss, Helen Klebesadel, Stephanie Kosinski, Marjorie Kramer, Tania Kravath, Barbara Lubliner Lynne Mayocole, Ann Marie McDonnell, Christine Mottau, Denise Mumm, Perri Neri, Ruth Bauer Neustadter, Kristi Pfister, Rhoda Pierce, Elizabeth Downer Riker.

Panel Discussion with Lynn Paltrow
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7pm
Ceres Art Gallery
547 West 27th Street, Suite 201
New York, NY 10001

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NAPW on "No More Drug War" panel, March 22, 2016

March 14, 2016

NAPW has organized a side event for the U.N. Committee on the Status of Women. The event, "No More Drug War: Safety and Justice for Women and Families," will take place on March 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 221 E. 52nd Street, New York City. Panelists will include NAPW's Farah Diaz-Tello, Andrea James of Families for Justice as Healing, and RH Reality Check's Laura Huss.

Wisconsin Women's Health Policy Summit, March 18, 2016

February 11, 2016

NAPW's Reproductive Justice Fellow Laura Hecht-Fellala, JD, will speak on a panel about proactive policy at the event in Milwaukee. Details to come.

NAPW at Take Root 2016

February 11, 2016

Join National Advocates for Pregnant Women staff and allies at the Take Root reproductive justice conference in Oklahoma (Feb. 26-27, 2016). Executive Director Lynn Paltrow, Senior Staff Attorney Farah Diaz-Tello and allies from Alabama, Indiana and Tennessee will be featured on the "Red State Resistance to the Punishment of Pregnant Women" panel at 4 p.m., on Feb. 26. On Feb. 27, NAPW staff and partners will also be on a panel about drug policy and incarceration at 4 p.m.

October 2015 Conference: Pregnant Women, Drug Use, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

June 23, 2015
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Lynn Paltrow Keynote Speaker for WV Free Annual Gala 1/22

January 18, 2014

NAPW's Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, was the Keynote Speaker at WV Free's Annual Benefit Gala on January 22, 2013 in Charleston, WV, celebrating WV Free's 25th year.


NAPW's Lynn Paltrow Speaks at Tulane University 1/30 & 1/31

January 17, 2014

Executive Director Lynn Paltrow spoke at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted by Newcomb College Institute at Tulane. Ms. Paltrow gave a campus-wide talk Thursday evening, January 30, and a "Fridays at Newcomb" lunch talk on Friday, January 31.

NAPW to Participate in CSW58 UN Women Conference

December 30, 2013

As an ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status with the United Nations, NAPW will have representatives in attendance at meetings and events for this year's 58th Annual UN Woman Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in New York from March 10-21.

NAPW conference partner and Lynn Paltrow, ED, speaker at DPA International Drug Policy Reform Conference

October 04, 2013
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From October 23-26, 2013, the Drug Policy Alliance will host the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Denver, Colorado. NAPW is a 2013 conference partner, and Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, is a DPA funded partner scholarship recipient and will moderate a roundtable panel entitled, "Overlooked Punishment: The Drug War's Insidious Reach Beyond the Criminal Justice System." This panel will foster a discussion about the use of the child welfare system to expand the war on drugs between Lynn Paltrow, Emma Ketteringham (Managing Attorney, Bronx Defenders), Sara Arnold (writer/advocate), Jess Cochrane (Northeastern University JD/MPH student), and others.

The Reform Conference exists as a space for people who believe the war on drugs does more harm than good to gather, build bridges, strategize, and mobilize around drug policy and for reform. Please visit the conference website for more information.

Lynn Paltrow, ED, panelist at Rutgers University symposium 11/8

October 03, 2013

Rutgers University Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research will hold a "Symposium on Maternal and Fetal Bodies" from November 8-10, 2013. NAPW Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow, will sit on a panel with Lara Freidenfels, Leslie Reagan, and Carol Singer on November 8th addressing "The impact of the abortion debate on the experience of pregnancy, childbirth, and abortion." Ms. Paltrow will specifically address: "The impact of the abortion debate on and the threat to women's personhood."

Lynn Paltrow Speaker at U.Maine Farmington 11/14 Forum Series on Sexual & Reproductive Justice

October 03, 2013

The University of Maine Farmington will host a speaker series this fall semester on Sexual and Reproductive Justice. The forum series will tackle and start dialogue on the following issues: "In response to the complex issues behind today’s headlines on marriage equality, healthcare access and reproductive laws, the University of Maine at Farmington is holding a series of free and open to the public events on Sexual and Reproductive Justice. This series hopes to help define the principles of reproductive and sexual justice and to discuss how they can be achieved through education, care, activism and public policy."
NAPW Executive Director Lynn Paltrow will be a series speaker on Thursday, November 14, 2013 addressing “40 years After Roe v Wade: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” at 7 p.m. in Thomas Auditorium, UMF Preble/Ricker Halls. Further information about the series and other speakers throughout the semester can be found on the series website.

Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference announces 2014 dates - Join us in Norman, OK!

May 31, 2013

Take Root: Red States Perspectives on Reproductive Justice conference announced its 2014 dates. Save the date to join us in Norman, Oklahoma on February 21 & 22, 2014 for the only (yes only!) annual reproductive justice conference for red state folks and by red state organizers!

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