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Clinic Escort Program

The Clinic Escort Program is comprised of an elite class of volunteers with the mission of patient safety and support at select health centers where protesters are an issue. Started in 2016, we have evolved to over 100 escorts, at 3 health centers around the state of Arizona, escorting almost 16,000 patients annually. Escorts can be identified by their vests, smiles, and being invited guests in Planned Parenthood parking lots and clinics, as protesters are relegated to the public sidewalk.

What are the requirements?

Attend a 2 hour training (Central Phoenix or Tucson) to learn non-engagement tactics, how to approach patients, self and fellow care, and more. Attendance requirements are (at least) 3 shifts every 3 months and as part of those duties you must be able to withstand the elements outside of clinic - heat, cold, verbal harassment, while maintaining a positive, patient-focused demeanor.

Escort of the Month

“I became a clinic escort in the Summer of 2017 because I was angry and fearful for the future of abortion access. I felt hopeless and didn't know how to help. Joining AZCDF connected me with an incredible network of people. I began making a direct impact on patients' lives by shielding them from harassment by anti-choice protestors. 2 years later, I'm still angry and fearful for the future of abortion access, but being a clinic escort has gives me hope. "

~Escort

Join Us

Tucson Training 09.21.19

Phoenix Training 09.22.19

 

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