Founded in 2006, interACT is the first and only organization in the U.S. to undertake a coordinated strategy of legal advocacy for the rights of intersex children while raising awareness and developing intersex youth advocates. It’s work is dividted into three main areas: Law and Policy, Youth and Media.
Intersex children have unique legal needs related to questions about informed parental consent for treatment, minors’ participation in decision-making, reproductive rights, medical malpractice and school harassment and accommodation, among other issues. interACT’s primary goal is to end the practice of unnecessary harmful medical treatment and genital surgeries on children born with intersex traits. interACT Law and Policy works to inform and educate both parents and doctors, change laws in the U.S., and influence global policies to protect the rights of intersex children.
interACT Youth fosters intersex youth leadership development to help raise public awareness. interACT Youth recently consulted with MTV to develop an honest and respectful portrayal of an intersex individual in the mainstream TV comedy, “Faking It” and Youth members frequently tell their stories to the media, at schools and conferences. The young advocates have published three brochures echoing their own voices: What We Wish Our Doctors Knew; What We Wish Our Parents Knew, and What We Wish Our Friends Knew.