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Global Spotlight

Shining a light on the Biden-Harris administration’s impact on global sexual and reproductive health policies

Global Spotlight, a campaign run by Equity Forward, examines the decision makers across several federal government agencies and organizations who are creating and implementing policy that impacts sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice as well as other human rights around the world.

After the damage caused by the previous administration in these areas, the Biden-Harris administration must do more than reverse harmful policies—it must also restore and advance rights. Equity Forward will continue to monitor key administration officials, offices and policy areas to ensure that this is the case.

Appointees to Key Positions

Equity Forward is tracking the names of appointees to key cabinet and leadership positions that have purview over our main issue areas regarding abortion, reproductive health and justice and policies singularly impacting LGBTQ communities. Global Spotlight highlights appointees in foreign policy and international U.S. agencies, including the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (U.N.).

Our research team has coded each appointee with one of the below designations. These categorizations are not meant to be static but, rather, to inform expectations around appointees and the policies under their purviews, which we will continue tracking.

 Green: This person has a clearly demonstrated history of advancing reproductive health, LGBTQ rights and/or other human rights.

 Yellow: This person has peripheral instances of involvement with efforts undermining reproductive health, LGBTQ rights and/or other human rights and/or this person has developed toward a more humane framework.

 Red: This person has a substantial and demonstrated history of attacking reproductive health, LGBTQ rights and/or other human rights.

Category to be Determined: Initial research provided insufficient information to allow EF to apply a rating to this candidate.