If/When/How’s Quick Question series highlights the work of our Reproductive Justice Fellows, introducing our network to the incredible advocates who are dedicating their lives to the movement to lawyer for reproductive justice. We’re so proud of the work they’re doing at placement organizations across the country to ensure that everyone has the ability to safely decide if, when, and how to create and sustain their families, and to actualize sexual and reproductive wellbeing on their own terms. But we can’t support them without you: Please donate $10 to help us give aspiring and new lawyers the resources they need to thrive. And if you can’t give — share!
Aimee Registe (George Washington University Law School ’19) was an active member of GWU’s public interest community. She was a student attorney for GWU’s Family Justice Litigation Clinic, helping people experiencing poverty with domestic violence issues. She also volunteered for both the Family Law Pro Bono Project and the Landlord Tenant project, helping pro se litigants with family law and housing issues respectively, and interned with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), offering legal assistance to people with mental health needs. Until recently, Aimee was a law clerk for the Fairfax Public Defender’s office, where she conducted legal research, wrote motions, helped interview clients, and helped extensively with the bond motion process. Prior to law school, Aimee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in pre-law studies.
We asked Aimee to tell us a little about herself as she prepares to begin her Reproductive Justice Fellowship year at SisterLove, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia this fall.
If/When/How: What do you want to change about what it means to be a lawyer?
Aimee Registe: I want the word lawyer to stand for advocacy, especially on behalf of marginalized communities.
If/When/How: What drew you to reproductive justice work?
AR: As a Black woman, I know that we (Black women) are at the center of the reproductive justice movement, even though we are often ignored. I found out through reproductive justice, that lack of adequate healthcare is affecting Black mothers. I saw the epidemic of Black mothers having higher maternal mortality rates and became interested in working within this space to help bring attention to that problem.
If/When/How: Where are you from, and where are you going (literally or metaphorically)?
AR: I’m from Tallahassee, Florida. I am going towards a more just world. I’m going forward to a future in which people with uteruses can make their own decisions when it comes to reproductive healthcare. Reproductive healthcare is a right that intrinsically belongs to all people.
If/When/How: When you are not lawyering what do you get up to?
AR: I love cooking (especially Thai food), going to music festivals, thrift shopping, and listening to true crime podcasts.
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