Rebecca Berry

Hotline & Direct Services Attorney

Oakland, California

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Rebecca, a Southern California native, is a double alumnus of the University of Southern California where she was the inaugural student in the highly selective 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD program. She earned her J.D. as well as her B.A. in Sociology and Forensics and Criminality in 6 years.

Prior to joining R&R, Rebecca helped oversee a national, legal direct service help line at Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco. At ERA, she directly represented students in Title IX proceedings, assisted other attorneys with litigation and special projects, and participated in public education efforts.

After finishing law school, Rebecca was an If/When/How Lawyering for Reproductive Justice Fellow at the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), a national organization based in Washington, DC. There, Rebecca helped evaluate and develop national and state policies addressing issues most critical to Black women’s health, especially regarding: breast and cervical cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence and sexual assault, maternal and reproductive health. She also took lead on drafting the organization’s first ever Black Women’s Health Policy Agenda which was released in early September 2018. While in DC, she organized with BYP100 and SWAC on their transformative campaign DecrimNow to help push full decriminalization of sex work in the district.

Outside of work, Rebecca is an avid foodie, horror movie and true crime documentary enthusiast. She loves journaling, R&B music, queer dance parties, happy hours, monthly staycations, and chilling by Lake Merritt.

Rebecca Berry

Hotline & Direct Services Attorney

Oakland, California

Email Rebecca

Rebecca, a Southern California native, is a double alumnus of the University of Southern California where she was the inaugural student in the highly selective 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD program. She earned her J.D. as well as her B.A. in Sociology and Forensics and Criminality in 6 years.

Prior to joining R&R, Rebecca helped oversee a national, legal direct service help line at Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco. At ERA, she directly represented students in Title IX proceedings, assisted other attorneys with litigation and special projects, and participated in public education efforts.

After finishing law school, Rebecca was an If/When/How Lawyering for Reproductive Justice Fellow at the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), a national organization based in Washington, DC. There, Rebecca helped evaluate and develop national and state policies addressing issues most critical to Black women’s health, especially regarding: breast and cervical cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence and sexual assault, maternal and reproductive health. She also took lead on drafting the organization’s first ever Black Women’s Health Policy Agenda which was released in early September 2018. While in DC, she organized with BYP100 and SWAC on their transformative campaign DecrimNow to help push full decriminalization of sex work in the district.

Outside of work, Rebecca is an avid foodie, horror movie and true crime documentary enthusiast. She loves journaling, R&B music, queer dance parties, happy hours, monthly staycations, and chilling by Lake Merritt.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

Because we have created a horrendous system that puts vulnerable people in cages, disappears them from society, abuses and traumatizes them, unapologetically profits off of them, and then releases them back into an intentionally complicated, oppressive “free” world and says, “Good luck!” This system compounds human suffering and it’s not okay. I’m here to do the little I can to relieve some of this suffering, and directly serve the people that society hopes we will ignore.
“Nobody is free until everybody is free.” – Fannie Lou Hamer
“It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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