Abigail English

Abigail English, JD, is a lawyer, researcher, and advocate for the rights of vulnerable young people. She is director of the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, a nonprofit organization working nationally to support laws and policies that promote the health of adolescents and young adults and their access to comprehensive health care. She has taught courses at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Public Policy and Boalt Hall School of Law and currently is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Gillings Global School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. Her research and advocacy have focused on health insurance and public financing of care, consent and confidentiality protections, and sexual and reproductive health care. Her recent work has addressed human trafficking of the young and vulnerable. She was the 2010-2011 Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study where her research on sexual exploitation and trafficking drew on laws, treaties, and human rights documents—as well as key sources in adolescent health and development, philosophy, literature, poetry, and the arts. From 2012-2013 she served on the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States.

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