Elaine Riddick is the CEO/President for the Rebecca Project for Justice. Ms. Riddick is a dedicated Women’s Rights activist who as a Depo Provera and contraceptive expert became the Victims Coordinator for Attorney Willie Gary’s Depo Provera class action lawsuit. Elaine studied psychology at New York City Tech and is building the Elaine Riddick Sister Sanctuary for girls at risk in Georgia—girls who are potential victims of sex trafficking, homeless or pregnant without a place to call home.
Ms. Riddick is an African-American woman who, as a 14-year-old girl in 1968, was forcibly sterilized by the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, after she gave birth to her brilliant Son Tony Riddick a successful businessman in North Carolina. The Eugenics board stated that Ms. Riddick was “feebleminded” and “promiscuous”; therefore, in accordance with the policies of Dr. Alan Guttmacher and Margaret Sanger, Ms. Riddick was sterilized without her consent. Elaine waged a 40 year battle for justice securing 10million dollars for surviving victims in North Carolina.
Prior to her sterilization, Elaine had been kidnapped, molested, and as a result of rape became pregnant at 13 years of age. Elaine Riddick was living with her grandmother, Maggie Woodard, when a social worker discovered her pregnancy. Grandmother Woodard was illiterate and signed an “X” on a consent form. Woodard was pressured to sign even though she could not read or write to understand the document, but she was told that if she did not sign with an “X”, Elaine would be sent to an orphanage.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and NBC Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman narrated Elloaine Riddick’s’ life story in “A State of Shame: Eugenics in America” Click Please click to watch interview.
Elaine Riddick is also featured in the Maafa 21 documentary—Maafa means African Holocaust, Holocaust of Enslavement, or Black holocaust. Ms. Riddick has appeared on major TV networks/magazines including CNN Anchor Don Lemon, People Magazine, Newsweek, Time, and is a subject of a new Lifetime movie in development about her life’s ordeal.
Contact Elaine Riddick: ElaineRiddick5@gmail.com / Elaine.Riddick@RebeccaProjectJustice.org / Tel# 770-354-0583
Sam Musa, is our Cheif Operating Officer and CIO. He has been a manager and information Systems engineer with over 20 yrs experience working and consulting for NGOs, financial and health industries.
Sam Musa received his BA, and MBA from Pace University and is certified as Data Communications and Network Engineer, Novell NetWare Administrator, VCP VI3, Vmware Professional, Microsoft Systems Engineer, and Webmaster earned from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Musa has in-depth experience leading corporate projects, systems, audio visual communication and business project management integration. He has designed and administered VMware Virtual Infrastructures. He is a skillful problem solver, adept in customer relationship management (CRM), full life cycle development (FLCD), process improvements and business re-engineering methodologies.
Musa received his M.B.A. from Pace University, and B.A. in Computer Science from Pace.
Abena Ninnette Boakye is the Director of Rebecca Project’s “Educating Girls to Empower Girls Initiative (EG²)” in Ghana. She has been a community advocate and organizer for the Okyenhene (pronounced: o-chin-hini) for over six years. The Okyenhene is the King of Akyem Abuakwa in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Abena coordinated the King’s HIV/AIDS and education efforts for poor women and families. As the Okyenhene’s community director for women, Abena, organized workshops that targeted secondary school girls and young women to get tested for STDs and to practice safe sex. She also incorporates the art of jewelry making and cultural dancing as mediums to motivate girls and young women to attend her health workshops.
Ms. Boakye earned her B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College in New York. She is married to a Public Relations Consultant & Media Analyst, Nana Fredua-Agyeman Ofori-Atta – they have two sons, Nana Fredua Agyeman Ofori-Atta (Ohene) and Barima Ofori Panin Ofori-Atta.