Denying Care, Provoking Fear: Immigrant Women’s Health & Rights Under Trump

March 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
@ 8:00 pm

Join us for a conversation about the intersections of immigrant women's health and rights under the Trump Administration. Hear first-hand accounts of the ACLU Jane Doe cases defending unaccompanied minors held by the Office of Refugee Resettlement and denied access to legal abortions. Learn about the local realities many immigrant communities face in accessing healthcare in New York State and the effects on women and their families.   

The reception starts at 6 P.M. and the discussion will be from 6:30 P.M. to 8 P.M.

This event is generously hosted by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.


The program will run as follows:

Welcoming Remarks

Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union

Featured Speakers

Brigitte Amiri, American Civil Liberties Union

Carmina Bernardo, Planned Parenthood New York City

Claudia Calhoon, New York Immigration Coalition

Lonna P. Gordon,  Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

Irma Solis, New York Civil Liberties Union



Ana Oliveira, New York Women’s Foundation

Space is limited, RSVP by March 16 to reserve your seat.

CLE certification pending.


About Our Speakers:

Donna Lieberman, Executive Director NYCLU

Brigitte Amiri is a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project.  Brigitte is currently litigating multiple cases, including a challenge to South Dakota's law that requires women seeking abortion to first visit[CB1]  a crisis pregnancy center before obtaining an abortion, a restriction on Medicaid funding for abortion in Alaska, and a law in Texas that has forced one-third of the abortion providers to close their doors.  Brigitte is also heavily involved in the challenges to the federal contraception benefit, and was one of the coordinators for the amicus briefs in the Supreme Court.  Brigitte is an adjunct assistant professor at New York Law School, and has been an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College.  Brigitte serves on the Law Students for Reproductive Justice's Board of Directors.  Before joining the ACLU, Brigitte worked as an attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services in the Foreclosure Prevention Project and at the Center for Reproductive Rights.  Brigitte graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999 and from DePaul University in 1996.

Carmina Bernardo, M.A., M.P.H., is the Director of Health Care Planning and the New York City Training Coordinator for the Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP) at PPNYC. In her role as FPBP Coordinator, Carmina provides training workshops and technical assistance on public health insurance programs with a focus on FPBP thoughout the five boroughs of New York City, all with the goal of maximizing access to family planning services. Across PPNYC’s five health centers, she also oversees PPNYC’s Financial Counseling Services.  Finally, Carmina works across departments to monitor, analyze, and implement components of New York State’s Medicaid Redesign and other health reform initiatives. Ms. Bernardo has been a PPNYC staff member since September 2000 and volunteered as a PPNYC Center Escort for six years. She has Master’s degrees in both Public Health and Sociology

Claudia Calhoon joined the NYIC in 2014. She leads development and execution of city and state campaigns to improve health access, coverage, and delivery for immigrant communities. Claudia has provided leadership to a diverse array of public health and non-profit settings including the Bellevue/New York Univerity Program for Survivors of Torture, the Open Society Foundations, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cuenca, Ecuador. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the HHC Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) Performing Provider System and the Community Advisory Board of the New York University Center for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities.

Claudia is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Public Health Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She received a M.P.H. from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a B.A. in American History from Earlham College.

Dr. Lonna Gordon is an Adolescent Medicine Physician at The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.  She was raised in Jacksonville, FL as the older daughter of Jamaican immigrants.  She graduated summa cum laude from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL with  Doctor of Pharmacy and the University of South Florida with  Doctor of Medicine degrees.  She completed residency in Pediatrics at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando Florida and fellowship in adolescent medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Gordon's professional interests include caring for at risk youth, reproductive health, and obesity.  She is quite involved in advocacy at the local, state and national level with a variety of professional and social organizations. She is quite active at her local church particularly around initiatives that support women and girls.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, distance running, cooking, traveling and exploring new cultures.

Ana Oliveira is President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation. Since 2006, Ana has led the increase of The Foundation’s grantmaking from $1.7M to $7.6M today. Focusing on economic security, safety and health, in 30 years The Foundation has distributed over $58 million to 371 organizations.

Ana served as co-chair of The New York City Council Speaker’s Young Women’s Initiative and is a Commissioner for the NYC Commission on Human Rights. She sits on the Independent Commission to Study Criminal Justice Reform in NYC and is on the board of Philanthropy New York.

She has held key roles as a CEO of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, at the Osborne Association, and at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center Substance Abuse Clinic. 

Ana attained her M.A. in Medical Anthropology and an honorary PhD. from the New School for Social Research.  Ana was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and resides in Manhattan.

Irma Solis has more than 15 years of experience leading campaigns to address issues affecting communities in upstate New York, Brooklyn and Long Island. These include racially targeted housing code enforcement activities in the Town of Brookhaven, wage theft by unscrupulous employers, violations of the Fair Housing Act, day laborers right to seek work in public spaces, Latino students’ right to public education and discriminatory practices by the Suffolk County police.

Solis has worked for New York State Attorney General’s Consumer Frauds Bureau, Central American Legal Assistance, Workplace Project and Long Island Housing Services. She has consulted for Latino Justice and other social justice organizations as community organizer and trainer with a focus on social and racial justice, leadership and organizational development. Solis received her law degree from University at Buffalo School of Law and her BA from Binghamton University.