interACT — formerly known as Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) — was founded by attorney Anne Tamar-Mattis, with an Equal Justice Works fellowship in 2006 and an Echoing Green fellowship in 2008, with a focused mission of ending harmful medical interventions on intersex children. We began our operations with a national advisory board, including doctors, lawyers, mental health experts, and leaders of many different intersex organizations to establish our goals.
When interACT was founded, other organizations already existed that focused on peer support for parents and/or intersex adults, on political activism and awareness-building, on promoting research, and on advocacy in the medical community. Awareness of the legal questions surrounding children with intersex traits was beginning to grow, but no organization had undertaken legal advocacy on behalf of these children. That’s why interACT uses innovative legal and other strategies to advocate for the human rights of children born with differences in their genitals, chromosomes, hormones, and reproductive anatomy.