On March 12, Filter Magazine ran an article on the efforts to change the HIV criminal laws in Florida. CHLP Staff Attorney Jada Hicks spoke with Filter on how the Florida law does have some positive reforms, but does not decriminalize those most affected by the law by not addressing sentencing enhancements leveled against sex workers who are HIV positive. Filter magazine is a news site that focuses on "rational and compassionate approaches to drug use, drug policy and human rights."
At the State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 6, the President proposed ending the HIV epidemic by 2030.
“In recent years we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once-distant dream within reach. My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. We have made incredible strides. Incredible. Together, we will defeat AIDS in America…and beyond."
Today we celebrate Human Rights Day, recognized each year on December 10, the day the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It was 70 years ago today that 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.