We are pleased to introduce you to the talented and dedicated fellows who serve the public health community in the memory of Maeve McKean. We hope these profiles provide a sense of Maeve’s evergreen impact in public health and human rights, the continuing advancements in health equity being made in her name, and the prevailing hope and change generated by a new generation of young lawyers and advocates taking on global health challenges — with her signature energy and effectiveness!
Anna Reed | 2021/2022 Maeve McKean Women’s Law & Public Policy–O’Neill Institute Fellow
During her fellowship year, Anna will work closely with HIPS, a Washington, DC based organization that focuses on promoting the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and drug use. This work will include analyzing and testifying on issues of local public health policy, particularly around the campaign to decriminalize sex work in DC. She will also be advising on funding proposals put before the DC council, including for sex worker, harm reduction, and housing services, as well as working with community members and organizations to build events and raise awareness about sex worker rights.
This work is important for helping people engaged in sex work and people who use drugs to live healthy, self-determined, and self-sufficient lives free from stigma, violence, criminalization, and oppression.
Anna is committed to the power of self-help and mutual aid as a means of expanding access to bodily autonomy and self sovereignty, facilitating information shares about self-managed abortion within her community, and overseeing the development of reproductive justice curricula for the university’s Street Law program, which is taught in Washington, DC high schools.
In Anna’s words, “I am deeply honored to be the first person to be trusted with carrying out Maeve’s legacy as a Maeve McKean Women’s Law & Public Policy –O’Neill Institute Fellow. I am committed to continuing Maeve’s work to transform systems that criminalize and abuse people living with HIV, and to advance health and reproductive justice for communities impacted by sex work and susbtance use. As a former sex education teacher and community organizer, I know that the best policy solutions come from the people who have lived experience with the particular policy at hand. I know that Maeve shared a commitment to community engagement and coalition building, and I take that spirit with me into this work.”
Anna is also an executive producer of Self Managed, a podcast dedicated to destigmatizing and demystifying the practice of self-managed abortion. Anna has worked as a youth advocate, community organizer, and sex education teacher in Paris, Chicago and Seattle. She holds a BA in history from Brown University, and grew up in Rennes, France.