NAPW Participates in United Nations' Second Review of the USA Under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process

September 26, 2014

NAPW was approached by INPUD/INWUD (International Network of People/Women Who Use Drugs), who were hoping to cite our research on arrests and detentions of pregnant women in a shadow report for the United Nations' second review of the United States under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. NAPW provided access to this and recent research, but also legal expertise needed to create a submission that outlined the many human rights violations faced by drug-using women in the USA. NAPW worked to include reproductive justice organizations that have been at the forefront of resisting criminalization of drug-using pregnant women, including SisterReach and Native Youth Sexual Health Network. We were especially proud to bring the perspective of families to the report, taking the opportunity to connect INPUD with the newly formed Family Law Cannabis Alliance, who were able to bring the perspective that decriminalization will never be fully realized if families can be destroyed on the basis of a positive drug test in a parent or pregnant woman. We will continue to work with INPUD/INWUD and the coalition of co-signing organizations to bring this report to public attention throughout the UPR process.

Here you can download the submitted UPR report.