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A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Proposed Bills to Reform Missouri’s HIV Criminal Laws
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The Positive Justice Project's April PJP Update has the latest news on HIV criminal law reform efforts across the country...with legislative action taking place in several states and including analysis of proposed changes to legislation in Florida, Indiana, and Missouri.
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For Zero Discrimination Day, CHLP joins UNAIDS in highlighting the need for action against discriminatory laws and policies, and challenging people to get involved in changing the laws where they live. Eliminating the stigma of HIV and those living with it is as important to basic quality of life as antiretrovirals and it’s one of the reasons why ending HIV nationally and internationally can't be done without criminal law reform.
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A new blog from CHLP Executive Director Catherine Hanssens argues that theories of “trickle-down justice” in state HIV criminal law reform are a rationalization for leaving behind those most affected: sex workers and women.
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It was 70 years ago today that the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document established the equal value and worth of every person in the world by championing the values of equality, justice, and human dignity. Those principles are just as relevant today; and now, as then, we must stand up for our rights and those of others.
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Today, there is a growing movement of organizations and advocates across the country committed to seeing the end of HIV criminalization. While we can all agree that there needs to be change, a more urgent question may be how we’re defining the success of that change. What underlying principles are guiding this work?
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A memo from the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services said it intended to use Title IX to define gender “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable." The proposal is a bare-knuckled assault on the civil rights and safety of people who identify as outside of the gender binary. It is an act of violence with very real and serious consequences for the health, healthcare, and related safety of individual young people.
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The Consensus Statement invites state policymakers to collaborate with the coalition in developing policy and practice that ensures youth in their care and custody receive sound, inclusive sexual health care, consistent with prevailing medical standards and legal and ethical obligations. The statement calls for additional training for residents and staff in youth congregate care and detention settings that is inclusive of youth of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions as a predicate to ending institutional violence.
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On October 4, the Center for HIV Law and Policy, Harm Reduction Coalition, and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable hosted a webinar providing an overview of the relationship between criminalization, viral hepatitis, and harm reduction. The webinar recording and slides are now archived below.
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While science is one useful tool in combating HIV criminalization, we must avoid the suggestion that these discriminatory laws have any kind of underlying legitimacy. In the context of the newly released "Expert consensus statement on the science of HIV in the context of criminal law," which concludes that “a correct and complete understanding of current scientific knowledge” must “inform any application of the criminal law in cases related to HIV,” is a dispassionate scientific analysis summarizing what we already know, without situating that analysis within a broader social justice framework, and falls short of fostering change on its own.
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Marking the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform, advocates affirmed their commitment to an HIV criminal law reform movement that is grounded in racial justice and leaves no one behind.
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Updated September 2018! 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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The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) and the National LGBTQ Task Force are pleased to announce the release of an exciting new resourc

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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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Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on April 17, 2019
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on February 13, 2019
Criminal Law, Other Infectious Diseases
Resource | Posted on December 4, 2018
Criminal Law, Other Infectious Diseases
Resource | Posted on November 7, 2018
Criminal Law, Sex Offender Registration
Resource | Posted on October 2, 2018
Criminal Law, Human Rights
Blog Post | Posted on March 1, 2019
Criminal Law, Sex Work, Women/Women's Resource Advocacy Connection
Blog Post | Posted on December 17, 2018
Criminal Law, Sex Work
Blog Post | Posted on October 31, 2018
LGBTQI, Youth
Blog Post | Posted on October 25, 2018
Criminal Law
Blog Post | Posted on September 6, 2018