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On Wednesday, April 16, The Body hosted a livestream panel discussion entitled “Policing Pandemics: Criminalization From HIV to COVID-19.” CHLP Executive Director Catherine Hanssens joined HIV advocates in speaking about our current moment, offering guidance on what to do next, and answering questions from the audience. The panel was moderated by The Body's Senior Editor Kenyon Farrow and Associate Editor Mathew Rodriguez. 


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The rapid spread of COVID-19 has quickly pushed New York City and many other cities in the United States to the precipice of an unsavory public health dilemma: how to allocate scarce resources when a pandemic has overwhelmed our existing health care infrastructure.

A webinar presented by The Center for HIV Law and Policy and the Positive Justice Project Advisory Group on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to assess the best practices of reform and advocacy work, to connect together and reinforce the urgency of social movements.

UPDATE: Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1551 into law on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Click for video.)

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in a well-earned victory for advocates in Washington State, the Senate passed a bill that reformed the state’s HIV criminalization law. Governor Jay Inslee, who supports the bill, is expected to sign it into law. 


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