Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director and Founder, has been active in HIV legal and policy issues since 1984. Previously, Hanssens was AIDS Project Director at Lambda Legal, where she led Lambda's HIV-related litigation and policy work. She also worked with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, where she created and managed one of the first medical-legal partnerships in the country, with on-site HIV legal services in several hospitals and clinics. While a staff attorney at the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, Hanssens successfully litigated the state's first cases on involuntary HIV testing, a class action challenge to segregation and mistreatment of prisoners with HIV in the New Jersey state prison system, and the only federal appeals court case recognizing the right of incarcerated women to funded elective abortions. She also has been a visiting clinical professor at Rutgers University Law School-Newark and Director of the law school's Women and AIDS Clinic.
Mayo Schreiber, Jr., Deputy Director, is a federal criminal defense attorney with twenty-five years of experience in private practice. Previously he was a Pro Se Law Clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was also a Monitor to the Honorable William Wayne Justice, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, in Ruiz v. McCotter, a case involving confinement conditions for all prisoners incarcerated by the state of Texas. He earned his A.B. degree with Honors from Oberlin College and his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Pepis Rodriguez earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. While a student at GULC, he was involved with the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, where he collaborated with FIDA-Kenya to develop the legal strategy for a test case to challenge laws violating the rights of children born out of wedlock and their unwed mothers. That case is currently in litigation in Kenya. He previously interned with CHLP, as well as the Impact Litigation Unit of Legal Aid South Africa. He earned his B.A. with Honors from the University of Florida, where he studied Sociology, Gender Studies, and Philosophy.
Kate Boulton, Staff Attorney, earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She joined CHLP following a legal fellowship at the Center for Health and Gender Equity. While there, she drafted a significant report on the sexual and reproductive health needs of sex workers and ways in which U.S. foreign assistance can more meaningfully promote their health and rights. As a law student, Kate interned at the Center for Reproductive Rights, concentrating her efforts on maternal health and global abortion policy. Kate’s work in Harvard's International Human Rights Clinic included projects on abortion reform in Burma and promoting accountability for conflict-related sexual violence. Kate obtained an MPH in 2010 from the University of Michigan, and served for several years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her work there centered on migrant health and infectious disease. She earned a B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Michigan in 2007, where she studied anthropology and German.
Tosh Anderson, Program Manager, earned his Juris Doctor from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, and a Master of Arts in applied anthropology from Georgia State University. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining The Center for HIV Law and Policy, he worked as a Law Officer and Special Assistant to the Executive Director of Human Rights in China, an international human rights NGO. He was an attorney at Gladstein, Reif & Megginnis, LLP, and Project Director at the New York Unemployment Project. Anderson has a long history of community organizing with the National Mobilization Against SweatShops (NMASS), where he also co-counseled Imperial Buffet and Restaurant (NLRB 2009), a groundbreaking labor case winning backpay and conditional reinstatement to undocumented restaurant workers.
Lauren Fanning, Senior Community Outreach Consultant, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development from California State University East Bay and post-graduate work in mental health and counseling. Her career of more than 30 years working with people living with HIV has included end-of-life support and education; HIV test counselor; and educator. She worked for 14 years in Oregon and Washington prisons provider mental health support, education to offenders and staff, case management, and release planning. In Oregon, she was part of a team to develop and establish a peer supported hospice program that was honored by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care as Program of the Year in 2001 and by Oregon Department of Corrections with the Exceptional Service Award in 1999. Fanning was also a medical and prevention case manager in a local health jurisdiction in Washington and has been on local and state planning groups for HIV care and prevention services. Advocacy has always been part of her work, but in the past several years she has been an active member of Washington HIV AIDS Community Advocacy Network as a leader of their states effort to modernize HIV related laws and sanctions.
Stephen Williams, Community Outreach Consultant, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of the State of New York. He has years of experience in non-profit organization, program development, and resource management, and has also completed additional studies and training in chemical addictions, mental health, and suicide intervention. Previously, he worked with Volunteers of America as an outreach worker, case manager, and a social services coordinator assisting displaced families, homeless individuals, and ex-offenders as well those living with HIV. He coordinated the planning and implementation of free services with local, county, and state agencies such as the AIDS Coalition and the South Jersey AIDS Alliance, Area Health Education Center (AHEC), South Jersey Legal Services, County Social Services agencies, and the Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). As part of this work, Williams interfaced with myriad medical and mental health systems as well as addiction and recovery, post-incarceration, housing placement and assisted living programs, nursing homes and hospice care.
Deirdre Reznik, Communications Consultant, handles media marketing and information design for CHLP digital and print assets. As a communications professional and art director, she has extensive experience across a range of markets and specializes in work with non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. www.dpi.nyc
Message Agency, Web Developer, designed, developed, and maintains The Center for HIV Law and Policy's current website and content-management system. A media studio based in Philadelphia with significant experience working with non-profit, civil rights and arts organizations, their primary services include strategic communications, branding and messaging, web design and development, content development, and graphic design.