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Elaine Riddick 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.

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 AmericaClick 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

 


K Fosu, is a 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

Fosu received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown Law School, M.B.A. from Pace University, and B.A. 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.