Senior Human Rights Counsel
Date Posted: 1/19/2017
Organization: Center for Reproductive Rights
Location: Washington, DC
Description of Organization:
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, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 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 Centerís 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 womenís rights advocates in more than 55 countries.
To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.
The Senior Human Rights Counsel will report directly to the Senior Director, Policy & Managing Director, DC Office. This position will develop and implement the Centerís U.S.-based human rights advocacy strategies, including elevating the Centerís focus on maternal health and rights, and, in collaboration with the broader U.S. human rights and reproductive justice movements, lead the Centerís work to hold the U.S. government accountable to its international human rights obligations. The Senior Human Rights Counsel will serve as a key player and thought partner to both the U.S. Program and Global Legal Program teams in protecting human rights standards on reproductive rights and implementing these norms at the federal and state levels.
This position will be based in Washington, DC or New York City.
The Senior Human Rights Counselís primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: