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Abigail English

Abigail English is a lawyer, researcher, and advocate for the rights of vulnerable young people. Since 1999, she has directed the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, a nonprofit organization in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that works nationally to support laws and policies that promote the health of adolescents and their access to comprehensive health care. Her research and advocacy have focused on health insurance and public financing of care for adolescents and young adults, consent and confidentiality protections, and sexual and reproductive health care. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her law degree from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. She has taught at the UC Berkeley School of Public Policy, the Boalt Hall School of Law, and the Gillings Global School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. She was a Gallagher Lecturer for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 1987, and she received the Child Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in 1997 and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 2000. She was the Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2010-2011. Her current work focuses on the problem of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of adolescents and young adults.

Date Created: July 10, 2020