Lauren Paulk, Esq.
Reproductive Justice Fellow
Prior to joining NCLR, Lauren participated in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, where she focused her work on the intersection between reproductive and gender justice and human rights law. During law school, Lauren received a grant to intern with Women’s Link Worldwide in Bogotá, Colombia, where she worked on projects that emphasized the connection between human rights and reproductive justice, reproductive rights, and reproductive health. Lauren also interned with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, where she engaged in research and writing on pregnancy discrimination, Title VII, and Title IX. Lauren’s first legal internship was with Legal Services NYC, where she worked on a variety of issues including DOMA, VAWA, federal benefits, and immigration.
Lauren is a graduate of Webster University and CUNY School of Law, where she was President of the Domestic Violence Coalition and a staff member of CUNY Law Review. Prior to law school, Lauren volunteered for Backline and was a two-year member of Americorps HOPE. As an Americorps member and later a staff member with Home Free in Portland, Oregon, Lauren was instrumental in creating coalitions that helped expand support and prevention services to youth and teens affected by domestic, dating, and sexual violence, with a focus on outreach to schools, homeless LGBTQ youth, youth in foster care, and youth in detention.