“NNAF members center people who have abortions and organize at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice, talking with people every day who feel a range of emotions, not the least of which is stress about the expense of their abortions…we want to address the deeper systemic issues while centering the voices of people who have abortions.” — Yamani Hernandez in Rewire
Abortion funds across our country—including several in Texas—have grown in number and power thanks in part to the leadership of Yamani Hernandez, who serves as executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF). NNAF is leading a national grassroots movement to fight back against barriers to abortion access by building power with individual members and 70 grassroots member organizations in 38 states to help remove financial and logistical barriers. We are thrilled to welcome her at our 2017 Fall Celebration.
Texas is home to eight NNAF member funds that provide financial assistance, transportation, lodging and other support for people seeking abortion. These funds, with the support of NNAF, are transforming the dialogue, building grassroots power and busting through abortion stigma statewide.
Before becoming NNAF executive director in 2015, Yamani served as Executive Director and spokesperson for the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), which educates, organizes, and advocates on behalf of the sexual health, rights, and identities of young people aged 12-24. Under Yamani’s leadership, ICAH fought equally for access to comprehensive sex-education, to reduce shame of young parents and to lift the barrier of parental notification of abortion, thereby elevating the issues of youth in the reproductive justice movement. While at ICAH, she told her abortion story as a part of the 1 in 3 campaign. She was awarded the 2012 Margaret Carr Wiley Bright Horizons Award by Planned Parenthood of Illinois, honored with an AmeriCorps Alum National Leadership Award for her work with Public Allies Chicago, and presented with the Visionary Leader Award in 2012 by her staff.
Yamani is a Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow and a writer for Echoing Ida, a program of Forward Together that supports leadership and amplifies the voices of Black women. She has written and been quoted extensively in outlets such as RH Reality Check, Progress Illinois, The Reader, EBONY, The Nation, and has appeared on MSNBC.
Yamani will be sharing the stage with Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas—executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health—for a panel discussion on how our movement has evolved and grown. Click here to buy your tickets today!