Mackenzie Darling was the 2022/23 Maeve McKean Women’s Law and Public Policy – O’Neill Institute Fellow.

During her fellowship, Darling worked closely with HIPS, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that focuses on promoting the health, rights, and dignity of people impacted by sexual exchange and substance use. This work focused primarily on advancing the campaign for the decriminalization of sex work and drug use in D.C. and raising awareness about sex worker rights.

While in law school, Darling completed internships with Reproductive Equity Now, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and Women’s Law Project. She has also worked as a legal researcher at the Northeastern University School of Law’s Health in Justice Action Lab and as a research assistant at the Northeastern University School of Law Center for Health Policy and Law. As an undergrad student, she co-taught a course on intersectional feminism and worked as a sexual health peer educator.

Darling considers herself an intersectional feminist, abolitionist, and a very passionate reproductive justice advocate.

Darling holds a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in public health from the University at Albany and a J.D. from Northeastern School of Law, with concentrations in health law and policy and poverty law and economic justice.

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