Jennifer Curran worked at the Youth Coalition’s office in Ottawa, Canada from 2000 to 2002 (as Executive Coordinator). While she had worked on reproductive rights, women’s and youth issues in the past, working with the YC was a mighty exciting introduction to advocacy and activism that used international law to try and advance systemic change. So at the age of 29 – perilously closing in on the YC’s ‘age-out’ age of 30 – she left the YC to return to school, studying law at the University of Ottawa from 2002 – 2005.
At law school, Jennifer studied international human rights law and treaty law, writing on reproductive rights and health law topics. In 2004, she accepted a 4-month internship at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City, where she researched and drafted content for publications on the status of women in Japan and programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. (And shopped too much).
Since 2003, Jennifer has volunteered with LEAF, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, a national non-profit that works toward ensuring the law guarantees substantive equality for all women in Canada. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2005, and chair of LEAF’s Education Program Committee since 2006.
Since graduating in 2005, Jennifer has worked primarily at legal aid and legal/justice education agencies in Toronto, Canada, and has enjoyed the frontline aspect of working at poverty law clinics. She currently lives in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, where she works as a staff lawyer at a busy legal aid office in St. John’s, the most easterly city in North America.