Managing Reproductive Rights and Gender Equity Attorney




Ellie Rushforth is an attorney at the ACLU of New Mexico, where she has the privilege to work to protect and expand access to reproductive rights for all New Mexicans. Her work is grounded in the belief that reproductive justice is the cornerstone of self-determination and bodily autonomy and that everyone deserves equal and meaningful access to the care they need.

Ellie is a born-and-raised New Mexican who has worked on social justice issues ranging from reproductive justice and health care access to veteran reentry and immigrant rights. Before joining the ACLU, Ellie was a senior staff attorney at the Southwest Women’s Law Center in New Mexico, where she worked at the cross-section of economic and reproductive justice. As a staff attorney and Equal Justice Works Veteran Legal Corps fellow at OneJustice in California, she worked to increase access to justice for rural, isolated, and vulnerable communities using innovative pro bono and civil legal services engagement strategies.

As a law student, she clerked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in both the civil and criminal divisions, assisted indigent persons facing the death penalty at the Arizona Capital Representation Project, co-founded the National Security Law and Policy Society, and was an articles editor on the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Ellie earned her law degree from the University of Arizona and her B.A. from the University of New Mexico.