Limayli Huguet: 'When I Discovered the Reproductive Justice Framework... I Felt Like I Had Finally Found a Place for All My Passions.'

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Limayli Huguet

Limayli Huguet (American University Washington College of Law ’20) is dedicated to fighting for the rights of vulnerable people at the intersection of immigration and reproductive justice. Through her professional, academic, and extracurricular activities, Limayli has demonstrated her commitment to advocating for the bodily integrity of marginalized individuals. During her summer legal internship with the Florence Project, Limayli represented detained children who had been separated from their parents at the border under the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance Policy. As a student attorney with the International Human Rights Clinic, Limayli represented survivors of reproductive coercion, torture, and political persecution in their immigration cases. Limayli had the opportunity to represent two Central American families separated at the border in their Federal tort claims against the government. During law school, Limayli was a Dean’s Fellow for the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), where she performed legal research on immigration policy and its effects on immigrant survivors of crime, and created materials for the NIWAP web library and trainings. Limayli was an active member of the Washington College of Law Chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. 

Originally from San Diego, California, Limayli earned her undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco. She is the proud daughter of working-class immigrants, with a mother from Mexico and father from Peru. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the Crumbs & Whiskers Kitten Lounge and consuming all the true crime podcasts she can get her hands on. Limayli is thrilled to center people like her parents while working in the reproductive justice movement and lend her voice to underrepresented communities fighting for their rights.

We asked Limayli to tell us a little about herself as she prepares to begin her Reproductive Justice Fellowship year at All* Above All in Washington, D.C. this fall.

If/When/How: Who are you, and where are you from? 

Limayli Huguet: My name is Limayli Huguet and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I was born and raised in Encinitas, CA, a small beach town in San Diego. 

If/When/How: What drew you to reproductive justice work? 

LH: As the daughter of two immigrants from Latin America, and as someone who has always been passionate about access to reproductive rights, I felt like I had to choose between immigration law and reproductive rights once I graduated from law school. So when I discovered the reproductive justice framework after my first year, I felt like I had finally found a place for all my passions. I didn’t have to pick one over the other but could work at their intersection. 

If/When/How: What does reproductive justice mean to you? 

LH: To me, reproductive justice means acknowledging that we are all multifaceted people with intersecting identities and oppressions, and this intersectionality impacts the access we have to certain rights and legal frameworks. By acknowledging and centering the conversation around intersectionality, we can work together to overcome inequity and ensure everyone has meaningful access to the full range of reproductive health care because, without access, the right means nothing. 

If/When/How: When you are not lawyering, what do you get up to? 

LH: As a self-described crazy cat lady, in my free time, I enjoy volunteering at the Crumbs & Whiskers Kitten Lounge. I am also obsessed with podcasts and have listened to most (if not all) true crime podcasts available. As a native Californian living outside of the state for the first time, I also enjoy exploring D.C. and all the things it has to offer.

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