These essays, excerpts, and stories from the new report, A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations for Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People with HIV, highlight the need for federal action to address pervasive profiling, punishment and imprisonment of LGBT people and people living with HIV. The report, co-authored by Catherine Hanssens, Aisha-Moodie Millis, Andrea Ritchie, Dean Spade and Urvashi Vaid, with input from more than 50 legal, advocacy and grassroots organizations working on LGBT/HIV criminal justice issues, also includes a set of recommendations for federal agencies.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and people living with HIV (PLWH) face pervasive discrimination at all stages of the criminal legal system, from policing, to adjudication, to incarceration, according to the report published by the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School and co-authored by The Center for HIV Law and Policy, the Center for American Progress and Streetwise & Safe (SAS).
The report is one of the first to offer comprehensive federal policy recommendations to address cycles of criminalization and discriminatory treatment faced PLWH and LGBT people. The report provides an extensive outline of policy measures that federal agencies can adopt to address discriminatory and abusive policing practices, improve conditions for LGBT prisoners and immigrants in detention, decriminalize HIV, and prevent LGBT youth and adults from coming in contact with the system in the first place.