introduction

The Rebecca Project for Justice is a transformational organization that advocates protecting
life, dignity and freedom for people in Africa and the United States.

1. Founder of Black people against Eugenics and assisted Suicide.
2. Founder of Womens group against Deo Provera where we educate women about the deadly effects of Depo Provera.

staff

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 RiddickElaineRiddick5@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.

interns

Olufunmilola  Babalola
osb1271@rit.edu
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

Heather Mae Bostock
Hbost1@unh.newhaven.edu
University of New Haven
New Haven, CT

Angela Cabral
acabral958@gmail.com
American University Law
Washington, DC

Mariel Ortega De los Santos
marielortega@gmail.com
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (Law)
Dominican Republic

Bema Pieterson
pietersonb@gmail.com
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Jordan Shipley
jordanshipley5@gmail.com
American University Law
Washington, DC

Mihika Srivastava
msrivas1@swarthmore.edu
Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA

Anna Toniolo
axt301@case.edu
Case Western Reserve Law
Cleveland, OH

Board of Directors

Elaine Riddick, Chair & Exec Dir
Human Rights & Life Advocate

Rev. Dr. Alveda King
Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life

Grace Akallo – DOWNLOAD BIO
Founder and Executive Director
African Women and Children Rights

Mark Bold
Human Rights Attorney, Christian Law Institute

Steve De Seve
Filmmaker, Director and IT Expert

Gerald L. Gilliard, Counsel – U.S.
Civil Rights, Employment and Whistleblower Attorney

Rev. Dr. Alveda Celeste King
Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life

Minister Dr. W. Randy Short, Secretary
Human Rights Defender & Social Justice Minister

                                                           

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Tanya Wiley-Brown WCP Communications

DEPO PROVERA CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

Willie E. Gary, Partner, Gary Law Firm

Charles E. Emanuel, Partner, Emanuel Firm

Coalitions and Partnerships

Anti- Shackling Coalition

The Rebecca Project for Human Rights has formed an Anti-Shackling Coalition to work together to end the draconian practice of shackling incarcerated mothers during transport, labor, delivery and post-delivery in state prisons and jails.  While we have achieved significant victories with BOP on ending the practice of shackling mothers in federal correctional facilities, the practice endures in state prisons and local jails.

Coalitions and Partnerships

 African Union, African-American Clergy, Civil & Human Rights Coalitions fighting Depo Provera’s Genocide

Genocide is knowingly causing serious bodily harm to members of a group; deliberately inflicting on a group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; and imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.

A global coalition to fight this institutionalized violence and genocide against women of color and their families include: the African Union (AU), African NGOs, the Anti-Depo Provera Clergy Coalition, Dignity of Women’s Health Coalition; and several Human Rights groups together with: Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), Center for Renewal and Education (CURE), Partnership League for Africa’s Development (PLAD), Center for Catholic Families, Catholic Famlies and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), Priests for Life, and United Africans for Women & Children Rights (UAWCR). They have joined together to fight for policy change urging the US Congress and the Obama Administration to enforce mandatory informed consent procedures and FDA regulations that require health providers to inform consumers of serious side-effects. Furthermore, to terminate federal subsidies for Depo Provera and a special category of implanted and injected dangerous contraceptives (e.g., Norplant, Nexplanan, Implanon and Mirena), beginning with a moratorium on Depo Provera prescriptions, as instituted in Israel to protect and save the lives of women, until such time enforceable mandatory informed consent procedures are implemented by birth control providers.

Mission and History

The Rebecca Project for Justice is a transformational organization that advocates protecting life, dignity and freedom for people in Africa and the United States.  We believe that vulnerable women, girls and their families possess the right to live free of environmental, medical, physical and sexual violence.