AAPI Heritage Month: Eveline Shen


“Reproductive Justice is the vision that women and non-binary people must have self determination over our bodies, our reproduction and our family formations. During this current political moment, the  reproductive justice movement, led by women of color and TGNC folks of color, shines a guiding light on how to generate powerful policy and cultural solutions, based on the interconnectedness of our issues and our linked fate, so that all of our families and communities can thrive.”   – Eveline Shen. 

As the Executive Director for Forward Together, Eveline Shen has actively worked toward making reproductive health, issues surrounding Asian-Americans more visible, and increase healthcare access in these populations. After interning at Forward Together, she began working there as an Associate Director and then as the Executive Director starting initiatives like EMERJ, and Strong Families, a movement with over a hundred organizations that work on behalf of families across the country in handling issues like gender-based violence, LGBT rights, reproductive justice, and immigrant rights. Forward Together, an organization that began as a reproductive justice organization from the SisterSong collective, is inclusive of Asian and Pacific Islanders, and has opened up branches in various cities though the Bay Area is key to its growth due to the high population demographic of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. As an advocate for Asian-American and Pacific Islander reproductive justice, she has also served as Principal Investigator for two National Institutes of Health grants to explore the relationship between environmental justice and reproductive justice. Eveline has led Forward Together into the reproductive justice movement utilizing grassroots community building, providing thought leadership, developing tools and resources for evaluation, implementation and documentation and creating long-term systemic change.

At RHAP, we have done extensive research to evaluate most spoken languages across the United States to translate our popular clinical tools and resources. Access to free, easy to understand information is one of the easiest steps to ensure that reproductive decisions are in the control of individuals seeking help. Our work is available in Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Hindi and Vietnamese; and currently working towards additional languages that will reach Asian populations across the country. 

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