Jamie Aragon serves as the Community Partnerships Manager with Planned Parenthood Arizona. She is responsible for creating mutually beneficial connections with various community organizations, governmental agencies, education systems and Arizonans at large. Prior to her role with Planned Parenthood, Jamie worked to educate Arizona’s governmental and educational entities, and all Arizonans, about same-sex domestic violence. Fully believing in the power of political engagement and bodily autonomy, she registered shelter residents to vote and regularly scheduled PPAZ educators to speak with them about sexual and reproductive health. Jamie worked in youth and women’s empowerment programs and quickly recognized her desire to affect change on a macro- level. She began volunteering with PPAZ and earned her Master’s Degree in 2012. Past projects Jamie contributed to include: directed operations for a statewide political campaign, fundraised and planned events for The League of Conservation Voters (AZ chapter), completed research and technical writing for the Arizona Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics and volunteered for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. She proudly served on the board of (NARAL) Pro-Choice Arizona which houses the Abortion Fund of Arizona. The ‘Fund’ contributes financially in instances where Arizona’s multiple TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) create overwhelming barriers for women in need of abortion services (e.g. traveling far distances and in need of overnight lodging for the 24 hour waiting period, past 16 weeks pregnant, in need of childcare for existing children, etc.).
“Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice”
In this Workshop, Jamie will explore the intersection of reproductive health, rights and justice. Direct calls to action for advocacy, activism and policy change will be outlined.