The Center for HIV Law and Policy (“CHLP”) invites eligible applicants who are attorneys or law school graduates interested in applying for a Soros Justice Fellowship under Advocacy Fellowship Track 1 or Track 2 to work with CHLP for eighteen months starting between July and November 2018.
CHLP is a national legal and policy resource and strategy center based in New York working to reduce the impact of HIV on marginalized communities and to secure the human rights of people affected by HIV and similar disabilities. Our work focuses on:
• Organizing and advocating on the state and federal level to modernize HIV criminal laws;
• Assisting criminal defense attorneys in fighting “HIV exposure” prosecutions and mounting constitutional and disability rights challenges to these laws;
• Working to secure the right of youth in state custody to comprehensive, LGBTQ-affirming sexual health care; and
• Providing accessible, high-quality legal and policy materials through a web-based resource bank
Soros Justice fellowship applications must relate to one or more of the following U.S. criminal justice reform goals: 1) reducing the number of people who are incarcerated or under correctional control, 2) challenging extreme punishment, and 3) promoting fairness and accountability in our systems of justice. These fellowships are part of a larger effort by the Open Society Foundations to address the destructive impact of criminal justice policies.
Submit your idea for a proposal or a draft proposal to us. We will work with you to develop and finalize it. It should be innovative, and expand the work we currently do. It cannot be standard criminal defense work. We are most interested in project proposals which are innovative, intersectional and collaborative with other legal, civil rights organizations to serve people of color, low-income individuals, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, sex workers, injection drug users and any other communities at risk for acquiring HIV in the United States. This would not be a staff attorney position – it’s an opportunity to create your own project that would have significant impact for people living with HIV. Some possible project areas we are considering (but don’t let this limit you):
• Identifying specific states and cases as vehicles to bring state and federal constitutional and federal disability law challenges to HIV criminal exposure laws and unwarranted public health restrictions on PLHIV. This project likely would include identifying organizational allies and drafting trial and appellate level briefs.
• Movement building and advocacy strategy development focused on the intersection of HIV nondisclosure and injection drug use criminalization.
Consult the 2018 Advocacy Fellowship Guidelines and Application for Soros Justice Fellowship eligibility requirements. If you are interested in working with CHLP as your host organization, you must be an attorney or law graduate with demonstrated interest in advancing our mission.
This is a terrific opportunity to design your dream job and gain firsthand experience working on your chosen issue area. The fellowship pays the same salary, health insurance and fringe benefits that similarly qualified CHLP attorneys are provided.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a short project proposal to Mayo Schreiber, Jr., Deputy Director, The Center for HIV Law and Policy at email@example.com. Project proposals should be responsive to the questions a Fellowship applicant’s Letter of Intent (LOI) must address as set forth in the 2018 Advocacy Fellowship Guidelines and Application. The Center for HIV Law and Policy is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to advancing fairness, equality, and diversity in both its work and its workplace. We strongly encourage applications from all interested persons, particularly people of color; people from low-income backgrounds; individuals with disabilities, including those living with HIV; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming persons.
Applications can be submitted to CHLP no later than November 10, 2017, but preferably earlier, to provide ample time to develop a full proposal prior to the deadline to submit online the LOI to Soros. Selected applicants will be contacted by CHLP in November to develop a full proposal. The Soros Justice selection committee will review LOIs, due December 6, 2017, and invite selected applicants to submit a full proposal by late February. The committee will interview a pool of finalists by late March, and from that pool, a select 12-15 individuals will be awarded fellowships in mid-April. Fellowships begin between July and November 2018.