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Rachel Jackson Receives Award for Advocacy Efforts

 

Rachel Jackson, Program Administrator for the Human Rights Institute, received an award from the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition on October 9, 2012 for her contributions to the health of Connecticut's mothers and children through her advocacy and testimony on behalf of the 2012 Senate Bill 194: An Act Concerning Jury Duty for Breastfeeding Mothers.

 

The bill, SB 194, signed into law by Governor Malloy on May 31, 2012, requires that the Judicial Branch maintain a website with information for breastfeeding women on their ability to postpone jury service and information about the accommodations that can be made for breastfeeding mothers who wish to report for Jury Duty.  Additionally, Jury Administration is now required to provide training to their staff on the needs of breastfeeding mothers who have been summoned for jury duty and work with mothers to provide reasonable accommodation when they report for jury duty.

 

As recognition for the work that she did on SB 194 and her desire for continued involvement with the CBC, Rachel was asked to join the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition in June 2012.

 

A full list of 2012 Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition awards can be found here<http://www.breastfeedingct.org/images/final_awards_list_for_cbc_conference%201.pdf>.