Shivana Jorawar is a lawyer and policy advocate and, currently serves as the State Legislative Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights where she manages their defensive state advocacy initiatives. She identifies and analyzes harmful restrictions, implements strategies to fight back, and delivers advocacy support to the Center’s clients and state partners.
Prior to joining the Center, she was the Federal Policy Director for the National Abortion Federation where she developed and executed federal policy strategy to further NAF’s priorities and position as a leading voice in the reproductive rights movement. Previously, she directed reproductive justice priorities for the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), the country's only national organization dedicated to social justice and human rights for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls. She is a co-founder of Jahajee Sisters, a grassroots organization based in New York City creating a safer and more equitable society for Indo-Carbbean women through dialogue, arts, leadership development and grassroots organizing.
Shivana is passionate about uplifting the status of marginalized communities, especially women of color, and has a background in legal advocacy and community education around issues of gender-based inequity and violence. Her experience includes working with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a legal clerk, working with the the anti-domestic violence organization Sakhi for South Asian Women, and co-chairing a chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Originally from New York, Shivana now lives and works in Washington, D.C. Shivana holds a B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in New York State.
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Savita Had a Heartbeat, Too
RHReality Check [November 27, 2012]
Immigrant Women Deserve Access to Safe Abortion Care, Not a House of Horrors
RHReality Check [April 25, 2013]
Shivana Jorawar, NAPAWF: Lift the bans on abortion coverage
PSA [Jan 22, 2013]
SD gender abortion ban bill criticized, revised
Associated Press [March 3, 2014]
Supreme Court Strikes Down Law That Keeps Anti-Choice Protesters 35 Feet Away From Abortion Clinics
The Nation [June 26, 2014]
San Francisco Take a Stand Against Abortion Restrictions Targeting Asian Women
Colorlines [September 23, 2014]
Where Immigration and Healthcare Meet
The Hill [November 19, 2014]
Miscarriage of Justice: Asian-American Women Targeted -- and All Women Threatened
The American Prospect [April 3, 2015 ]
94.1 KPFA Women's Magazine [April 6, 2015]