Keep Your (Tiny, White) Hands Off Me: Strategies and Solutions for Black and Brown Bodily Autonomy

Keep Your (Tiny, White) Hands Off Me: Strategies and Solutions for Black and Brown Bodily Autonomy

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Aug. 11 2:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Aug. 11 3:45 PM (Eastern)

Since becoming president, Donald Trump has issued a series of unprecedented attacks on the autonomy of black and brown bodies in America and around the world, including attempting to forcibly remove health care coverage for millions and defund Planned Parenthood; expanding the devastating global gag rule; making plans to build a wall along the Mexico border; and upping federal immigration enforcement efforts. This panel will feature voices of resistance from those directly affected by such policies. We’ll discuss solutions and strategies for protecting and advancing bodily autonomy, even and especially in the age of Trump.


Lori Adelman

Lori Adelman

Lori Adelman is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and xecutive Director at A writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights, Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation’s most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the “30 Under 30” successful people in media. Follow her on Twitter: @Ladelman.

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Brittany Alston Caballero


Brittany Alston Caballero is a reproductive justice advocate, communications strategist, and writer, with a decade of experience in the movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has led national and international communications and advocacy campaigns on abortion, comprehensive sexuality education, LGBTQ liberation, and contraception, among other progressive issues. Currently, she works at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and serves on the Board of Directors for the New York Abortion Access Fund. She holds a Master’s degree in strategic communications from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in public communication and Spanish language & foreign studies from American University. She completed her studies pertaining to Spanish language and Latin American studies at Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires.

Catalina Velasquez

Catalina Velasquez

Catalina Velasquez is the President and founder of Consult Catalina, a premier strategic policy, communications and diversity firm.

Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, Catalina is an alumnus of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she majored in International Politics: International Law, Norms, & Institutions with a Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Her thesis was titled “Immigrant Women: the Documented, the Undocumented, and the Invisible; The Female Face of Immigration.”

Catalina has extended consulting and speaking engagement services for over a dacade, and she recently finished her latest contract with People for the American Way leading their youth arm: Young People For (YP4). In this position, she created a policy shop and a public affairs communications department as well as restructure their training curriculum to meet the most cutting edge needs of an interconnected world and global economy. Among many of the organizations that Catalina has worked and consulted on strategic messaging and policy are the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, D.C. Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, the AFL-CIO, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Catalina is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and was awarded the title of Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation and the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace.

Catalina is the first transgender immigrant Latina appointed as a Commissioner for the D.C. Office of Latino Affairs since 2013 and was hand picked by the 2016 Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign to join the Vermont U.S. Senator’s LGBT Policy team. After the campaign, Catalina joined the legacy organization Our Revolution as Board Vice-Chair. Recently, Catalina was named one of RollingStone’s “16 Young Americans Shaping the 2016 Election” and one of Mitu’s “Young Latinos that are Leaving a Footprint in Politics.”

Catalina also serves on the Board of Directors of Megaphone Strategies a strategic communication national nonprofit and GetEqual a national LGBTQ grassroots organization. She is also part of the Board of the first bipartisan Transgender PAC: Trans United Fund and in the Board of Inclusv a diversity employment initiative to diversify the political and policy fields. Catalina is also on the Advisory Boards of United We DREAM’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project at the largest run and led immigrant youth organization in the United States.

Currently, Catalina volunteers at Casa Ruby, working with transgender and immigrant populations experiencing homelessness, preparing referrals and assisting people with inconsistent housing with emergency resources such as shelter, health insurance enrollment, and legal services. In addition, while at Casa Ruby, Catalina periodically runs needs assessment surveys to shift the organization’s resources into the most needful demographics. Catalina also supports the Executive Director, Ruby Corado, with grant writing, policy analysis, communications strategies and how to tailor programs for homeless LGBTQ youth, adult and senior populations in the District of Columbia.

In March 2012, Catalina co-authored with the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) a lengthy and detailed human rights report titled: “Trabajadoras: Challenges and Conditions of Latina Workers in the United States.”

In her earlier career, Catalina worked as a research assistant for Georgetown’s Women and Gender Studies department, and she was the personal research associate to former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands: Cynthia Schneider. With the U.S. Ambassador, Catalina worked on cultural diplomacy to support civil society in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Egypt. In her tenure at the hilltop, Catalina also worked as Chief of Staff Intern for the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

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