Advocacy

Repair’s commitments to advocacy include policy interventions and critiques, community-level service projects, and organizing and coalition building with movements and communities that share our commitments to social justice. Our interventions generally fall within one of three broad categories:

  • Advocacy to increase recognition of health and health-related dimensions within contemporary social justice issues, debates, and organizing
  • Advocacy to address the health and disability-related needs of very vulnerable populations, and to integrate social and racial justice frames into the work of institutions address health and disability issues
  • Advocacy to increase the representation of survivors of violence, exploitation and inequity in policy, leadership, research, education, and public dialogue.

Examples of our current or planned advocacy projects or priorities include:

  • Advocacy through public fora and media for increased recognition of the harmful mental health consequences associated with racially discriminatory policing practices
  • Organizing with survivors of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking to encourage U.S. governmental entities that fund projects related to sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation to require inclusion of survivor leaders or survivor driven organizations in projects selected for funding.
  • Internet-based advocacy to recognize affirmation action programs as an important part of public and community health agendas, given that programs which equalize opportunity are critical in reducing entrenched population health disparities associated with race, gender and poverty.
  • Advocacy directed at social justice organizations in the areas of civil liberties, racial justice, feminism, prisoner rights, labor and economics, youth, LGBT rights, and other related spheres to recognize sexual exploitation in all forms as a social justice issue and to be guided by survivors of sexual exploitation in developing solidarity campaigns, and in using language to describe sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, or systems of prostitution.
  • Advocacy within policy and practice spheres to improve the quality, safety, accessibility, and ethics associated with healthcare in prisons, jails, detention centers, and juvenile justice halls and camps, including through external oversight, training for healthcare providers working with incarcerated persons, and inclusion of community healthcare practitioners in on-site healthcare options.

We also promote solidarity with existing campaigns and efforts through our newsletter, mailing list, and letter-writing efforts. We welcome information, networking outreach from social justice organizations, and invitations to collaborate as time and resources allow. Contact us for more information about our advocacy work, or with invitations or requests.