is the Executive Director at 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.
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.
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.
Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and NBC Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy
Snyderman narrated Elaine Riddick’s’ life story in “A State of Shame: Eugenics in America” Click Please click to watch
Elaine Riddick is also featured in the Maafa 21
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 /
Lou Kwame Fosu, is
a lawyer and tireless human rights defender and agitator for women. Fosu has authored
several articles and reports including the definitive report: Depo-Provera: Deadly
Reproductive Violence Against Women, and co-authored Non Consensual Research in
Africa: The Outsourcing of Tuskegee, which uncovers the targeting of
African women with drugs that are discontinued or restricted in the U.S. and
Europe; and exposes unethical medical practices by foreign reproductive health
funders and researchers. Fosu is also a substance abuse policy expert who has worked to increase funding for comprehensive substance abuse family treatment and mental health, his policy drafts are included in the Second Chance Act.
As a health and foreign policy expert for Africa, Fosu also
works as a consultant advising African officials, U.S. government officials,
NGOs protecting African families, and is the Director of Policy at the Rebecca
Project for Justice. In 2014, Fosu briefed
UN delegates from the Africa Group in New York about the hidden internal
contradictions of family planning policy that unethically targets African women
with long acting contraceptives (LACs). Fosu published a contraceptive policy brief in 2015 detailing the top-four LACs
promoted in Africa but not used in Europe and the U.S., or severely restricted
by the FDA due to lethal side effects.
Since 2012, Fosu has sent numerous petitions to the
DOJ, FDA, HHS and Congress urging the US government to inform women of harm,
especially breast cancer and HIV/AIDS—two fatal side-effects of Depo Provera. Finally in 2015, the FDA revised Depo
Provera’s label to include a breast cancer research
experiment Fosu brought their attention, which reveals an increase in breast
cancer risk 2.2 fold (120 percent).
Previously, Fosu served as a Legislative Fellow for
Congressman Charles Rangel where he addressed issues related to criminal
justice, foreign affairs (Africa) and AIDS/HIV in Africa. In Congress, Fosu became a devoted advocate
for Africa and created an informal coalition with staffers to advocate and
support the human rights efforts of Adotei Akwei (Amnesty International) and
Rory Anderson (World Vision) to pass the Clean Diamond Trade Bill. Fosu pushed back against lobbying
efforts by the diamond industry in New York and Africa, and persuaded
Congressman Rangel that without a Clean Diamond Bill, the harm to vulnerable
populations in the mineral-rich conflict regions of Africa far exceeded any
potential loss of revenue to African governments and the diamond industry. The
Bill was finally signed into law in 2003 (Public law 108–19: Apr. 25, 2003).
In 2008 Fosu founded the Educating Girls to Empower Girls (EG2)
initiative in Ghana
Lou Fosu received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown Law School, M.B.A. from Pace University, and B.A. in Criminal Justice.
Fosu can be reached at 202-406-0911
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.
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.