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Director of Programs and Policy 

Lauren Betters’ commitment to promoting a society free of gender stereotyping and violence against women brought her to GELC in 2015. She heads up GELC's violence against women initiatives and passionately supports the overall mission through litigation, organizational development, and policy and advocacy strategies on critical gender issues. Lauren is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the U.S. Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 


Prior to joining GELC, Lauren earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law where she was a student lawyer in the Domestic Violence Institute. She was a Research Assistant on a variety of projects regarding gender and sexuality issues: assisted with publishing an article on domestic violence and family law; worked on developing Northeastern’s Sexuality, Gender and the Law Institute; and researched the role of bioethics in assisted reproduction. Lauren was previously a law clerk at the Victim Rights Law Center that works to curtail the impact of sexual assault on victims’ safety and education; the Global Justice Center where she collaborated on policy campaigns against using rape as a weapon of war; and at the Center for Reproductive Rights where she focused on using judicial strategies to protect women and healthcare providers facing anti-abortion laws.  


At Northeastern, Lauren was Founder and Chair of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and sat on the board of the Women’s Law Caucus and the Student Bar Association. She holds a B.A. in Sociology – Social Inequality, and a minor in Law and Society from University of California, San Diego.

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