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CHLP, The American Bar Association AIDS Coordinating Committee and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers present a teleconference on HIV Criminal Laws on Thursday, May 5 from 10:30 to 11:30 am ET on HIV Criminal Law for criminal defense lawyers, service providers in the legal, medical and social work communities and people living with HIV.
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Upcoming Symposium. Addressing the Legal and Human Rights Needs of Youth at Risk for and Living with HIV an Adolescent & Young Adult Scientific Working Group Symposium hosted by The Center for AIDS Research at Johns Hopkins University featuring CHLP Executive Director Catherine Hanssens and Chris Beyrer, Rob Garofalo, Gabrield Maldonado and Darnell Moore. Register Today!
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CHLP filed of a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Michael Johnson, a former Missouri college student sentenced to more than 30 years for violating Missouri’s HIV transmission and exposure statute. The brief argues that Missouri’s criminal HIV law is irrational and at odds with federal law that prohibits singling out a group of people for uniquely punitive treatment based on their identity or health status. Twenty-two national and state organizations joined CHLP on the brief, including the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Human Rights Campaign, Center for Constitutional Rights, Missouri HIV Justice Coalition and Empower Missouri.
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The Time to Act is Now. That’s the U.S. government’s theme for World AIDS Day 2015. In the spirit of acting now, The Center for HIV Law & Policy (CHLP), in collaboration with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), has released this Grassroots Guide to HIV Criminalization: Facts, Foolishness, and Solutions. This guide explains the simple medical facts of HIV transmission and care, addresses the legal foolishness that discriminates against and imprisons people living with HIV, and gives solutions for anyone willing to act now to decriminalize HIV.
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CHLP announced a new partnership with the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Lesbian Rights to raise awareness about the harms of HIV criminal laws. The centerpiece of the joint campaign is a video about what these laws do, whom they target, and how they cause harm without any perceptible benefit. The multi-pronged outreach campaign -- #DecriminalizeHIV & #EndBadHIVLaws -- includes social media efforts, a grassroots guide to HIV criminalization, and a new educational video debunking common HIV myths.
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This statement on the July 2015 updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) limits its assessment of needed action steps to 1) broad public ignorance about HIV, STIs and identities associated with stigmatized diseases; 2) the criminalization of HIV; 3) HIV related discrimination in criminal justice and immigration detention facilities, and in the military; and 4) the need for focused prevention, health services and policy reform on behalf of sex workers and people who inject drugs.
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Almost every type of HIV-related discrimination is rooted in gross misperceptions about the actual routes, risks and current realities of HIV transmission and treatment. We created this fact sheet as part of a larger effort to replace that ignorance with information about what is currently well-known about how HIV is and is not transmitted, and how modern HIV care has transformed the health and longevity of people living with HIV.
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This United States map identifies states that have HIV-specific criminal statutes, and subsequent prosecutions, and states that do not have such statutes but have arrested or prosecuted people for HIV exposure or non-disclosure. The map highlights the more than 260 reported HIV-specific arrests and prosecutions that have occurred since 2008.
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This new report, co-authored by Catherine Hanssens, Aisha-Moodie Millis, Andrea Ritchie, Dean Spade and Urvashi Vaid, with input from more than 50 legal, advocacy and grassroots organizations working on LGBT/HIV criminal justice issues, recommends federal action to address pervasive profiling, punishment and imprisonment of LGBT people and people living with HIV.
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In the wake of recent court decisions rejecting several applications of the criminal law to people with HIV, the Positive Justice Project (PJP), a national coalition challenging HIV criminal law policies in the United States, released a set of principles to guide the modernization of state HIV criminal laws across the country.
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CHLP staffer Pepis Rodriguez, testifying before New York City Council committees considering bills on student health services and sexual health education in schools, called for a resolution supporting written guarantees of LGBTQ-inclusive sexual and reproductive health and literacy services for youth in out of home care.

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