Legal Services Project Staff Attorney
Riley Hewko is the Legal Services Project Staff Attorney and California Change Lawyers Fellow. Prior to joining TLC, Riley co-founded the Incarcerated Parents Project at the Washington Defender Association, which assists defense attorneys and develops creative policy and advocacy strategies to help reduce the chances of family separation and incarceration. During law school they co-founded the Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project, which uses a reproductive justice and prison abolition lens to provide legal information and resources to people in prison, build leadership and power, and help incarcerated people advocate for systemic change. From 2011-2013 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Legal Voice in Seattle, WA, they worked alongside incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals to draft and pass the Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill. From 2013-2014, as an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow at the National Women’s Health Network in Washington, D.C., they focused on health care access for immigrants and LGBTQ folks. Riley spent the last year traveling on “soulbbatical” and worked remotely as a Policy Analyst with Justice Strategies and a contractor with QTPOC Birthwerq Project. Riley is a founding board member of Surge Reproductive Justice and a former board member of If/When/How. A Gates Public Service Scholar and graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Riley identifies as a queer, trans nonbinary, Latinx, from a working-class background.