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CHLP, the NACDL and the APA released a joint statement calling for all individuals living and working in the nation’s jails, prisons, and other detention facilities to be prioritized in the COVID-19 vaccination process.
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Saluting World AIDS Day with new state criminal legal reform fact sheets, a video on the meaningful inclusion of people living with HIV, and decriminalization advocacy at the Smithsonian Institution and New York’s Ending the Epidemic Summit
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CHLP filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of Virginia in support of Galen Baughman, a young gay man at risk of indefinite civil confinement due to an unjust designation as a “sexually violent predator”. The brief describes the deep homophobic bias embedded in the civil commitment assessment process and in the drive to confine him in the absence of credible evidence.
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Help SHYAC expand the advocacy spheres of comprehensive sex education campaigns, juvenile justice reform, and LGBTQ rights to include sexual health literacy and sexual/reproductive care access for youth in state custody and out-of-home care.
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CHLP's Amir Sadeghi joins this ACT UP NY webinar on Thursday, October 29th at 6pm ET to unpack the criminalization of people living with HIV, and provide a national-legal overview of reforms to disease-specific criminal law.
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Groups argue the Senate must prioritize COVID-19 relief over a rushed SCOTUS confirmation process for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a problematic nominee with a record of hostility to rights critically important to people with disabilities.
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CHLP submitted testimony regarding the importance of taking a public health rather than criminal law enforcement approach to COVID-19, as well as the need to address failures in the state’s response to COVID-19 in prisons, jails, psychiatric hospitals, and other settings of confinement.
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CHLP's Amir Sadeghi joins the Counter Narrative Project (CNP) on Facebook Live for a panel discussion on the criminalization of people living with HIV.
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Positive Justice Project Advisory Committee presents a webinar on the intersections of U=U and HIV criminal law reform.
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A look at the key takeaways in the most recent Williams Institute report on HIV criminalization in Missouri in this blog by CHLP Interim Staff Attorney Marguerite Schauer.
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The ADA’s 30th birthday makes it a good time for a check-in in the blog by Interim Staff Attorney Anne Kelsey.
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This resource is a detailed but concise snapshot of the federal and state laws used to prosecute people living with HIV (PLHIV), viral hepatitis, and other sexually transmitted diseases. The resource is intended to support state advocates, policymakers, lobbyists, journalists, and the broader national Positive Justice Project (PJP) work to reform laws that target primarily Black women and men.
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At the close of a Pride Month marked by historic demonstrations calling for the end of racial hate and discrimination, join New York Advocates for Sexual Health (NYASH) in calling out ignorance about sexual health that creates health barriers for many New Yorkers.
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A group of national organizations convened by the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) and led by CHLP and the Association of Prosecuting

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Local and national civil rights groups, public defenders and public health officials demand New York State lawmakers pass legislation that prevents law and immigration enforcement access to COVID-19 contact tracing information.
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CHLP Staff Attorney Jacob Schneider on how the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the urgent need to reform juvenile justice for the tens of thousands of young people involved in our juvenile justice and child protective system.
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This resource for community advocates provides a timeline describing the repeals and reforms to HIV criminal laws in the seven states that have made the most significant changes to their laws since 1994, including Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, California, North Carolina, Michigan and Washington.
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Updated May 2020! A resource for lawyers and community advocates outlining punitive laws, policies, and cases affecting PLHIV in all 50 states. It may be used as an aid for attorneys of PLHIV prosecuted for “HIV exposure” or non-disclosure of HIV status, as well as for advocates who want to reform the HIV criminal laws in their state.
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In response to the COVID-19 epidemic that found its epicenter in New York City in April 2020, CHLP staff drafted this proposed set of principles for the creation of needed guidelines, in collaboration with New York disabilities and HIV advocates and care providers, that comply with federal and state disability antidiscrimination laws.

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CHLP has compiled information on HIV laws in every state as they relate to HIV-specific criminal laws, guidelines for health care workers with HIV, youth access to STI testing and treatment, and HIV testing.

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