Reproductive Justice Champions

A regional model for how to create a sanctuary while building the movement to ensure reproductive and sexual justice and access during a time of increased attack.

Beyond the overturning of Roe V. Wade, there is ample data telling us that the work is certainly not
done. Only about 2% of all contemporary midwives in the United States are Black; 1 out of 3 Women-of- Color who gave birth in an institutional setting reported experiencing maternal mistreatment during labor or delivery. In Illinois, 83% of maternal deaths of Black women were deemed preventable.


CFW has established the Reproductive Justice Champions as a dedicated program to support a cohort of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and Africana, Latin, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) nonprofits and leaders in Illinois working at the intersections of reproductive and sexual justice and other social justice movements through grant making and programming (training, convening and capacity building).

New and renewal applications for the Reproductive Justice Champions are considered as a part of CFW’s spring grant review. Please see the How to Apply page for guidelines and due dates.



Lora York, Senior Program Officer, at or 312.577.2814.