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The latest news on HIV criminalization from the Positive Justice Project, including recent presentations on criminal justice reform and ending HIV criminalization, legislative updates from states around the country, and criminal case information.
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On Tuesday, June 14, at 2pm ET, CHLP's Catherine Hanssens joins The Well Project's Ciarra Covin for Leadership Exchange LIVE (BEEEBAH edi

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Today is National Transgender HIV Testing Day #NTHTD and if there’s one thing that could address the mistrust and discrimination that communities hit hardest by HIV and STIs continue to experience it would be training licensed healthcare providers in sexual health, including how to talk to patients about sex, STIs and HIV. Read more about what CHLP is doing to tackle the issue in the new edition of CHLP's Briefing Paper newsletter.
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New CHLP blog for National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) points out the importance of centering system-affected youth in national dialogues about sexual health and LGBTQ+ rights.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, honoree at the Third Annual Judge James B. Parsons Legacy Dinner, February 24, 2020, University of Chicago Law School. Photographer Lloyd DeGrane.
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CHLP joins the Bazelon Center and 44 disability rights organizations and advocates in a letter supporting the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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On March 8, to raise awareness about HIV criminalization on International Women's Day and look towards National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, CHLP's Amir Sadeghi joined the Ohio Health Modernization Movement to discuss the racist and sexist bias in the enforcement of HIV criminal laws, and unpack HIV/viral hepatitis criminalization into the larger context of mass incarceration in the United States.
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CHLP co-sponsors a February 28, 2022 webinar entitled, Confronting HIV Criminalization: Promoting Criminal Justice Reform to Protect Marginalized Communities and End Mass Incarceration for the inaugural HIV Criminalization Awareness Day.
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A resource for lawyers and community advocates outlining punitive laws, policies, and cases affecting PLHIV in all 50 states. It may be used as an aid for attorneys of PLHIV prosecuted for “HIV exposure” or non-disclosure of HIV status, as well as for advocates who want to reform the HIV criminal laws in their state.
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The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) has filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of people living with HIV in Ohio and Tennessee who have been prosecuted or are at risk of prosecution under criminal laws that single out HIV for uniquely punitive treatment. The complaints allege that these laws violate federal laws prohibiting disability-based discrimination.
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On January 11, 2022, New Jersey legislators voted to repeal the state’s HIV-specific felony law but left the door wide open for felony prosecutions to continue without requiring transmission to occur.
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The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) convened the 72nd full council meeting on Monday, November 15, and Wednesday, November 17, 2021, during the public comment period, CHLP’s Amir Sadeghi testified on molecular HIV surveillance.
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On International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the struggle to end criminalization based on identity and health/disability-related bias is far from over. To secure real justice for those who are crushed by the horrific inequities of the criminal legal system, we need to be intentional about keeping the bigger picture in view and centering the concrete needs of the most marginalized, the most criminalized, and the most unheard.
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CHLP is one of 90+ organizations endorsing the "CCD Rights and Allies" sign-on letter that the Bazelon Center drafted and that was sent on Monday, December 6, 2021 to all Senate offices urging Senators to recommend candidates living with disabilities for judicial nominations.

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CHLP has compiled information on HIV laws in every state as they relate to HIV-specific criminal laws, guidelines for health care workers with HIV, youth access to STI testing and treatment, and HIV testing.

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Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on June 29, 2022
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on June 28, 2022
Criminal Law, Publicaciones de El Centro de Leyes y Política de VIH (CLPV) y Recursos en Español
Resource | Posted on June 28, 2022
Reproductive Health and Rights
News | Posted on June 13, 2022
Criminal Law, Pregnancy and Newborns, Women/Women's Resource Advocacy Connection
News | Posted on June 8, 2022
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on June 29, 2022
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on June 28, 2022
Criminal Law, Publicaciones de El Centro de Leyes y Política de VIH (CLPV) y Recursos en Español
Resource | Posted on June 28, 2022
Criminal Law, Other Infectious Diseases
Resource | Posted on May 18, 2022
Other Infectious Diseases, Publicaciones de El Centro de Leyes y Política de VIH (CLPV) y Recursos en Español
Resource | Posted on May 18, 2022
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on June 29, 2022
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on June 28, 2022
Criminal Law, Publicaciones de El Centro de Leyes y Política de VIH (CLPV) y Recursos en Español
Resource | Posted on June 28, 2022
Criminal Law, Other Infectious Diseases
Resource | Posted on May 18, 2022
Other Infectious Diseases, Publicaciones de El Centro de Leyes y Política de VIH (CLPV) y Recursos en Español
Resource | Posted on May 18, 2022
Reproductive Health and Rights
News | Posted on June 13, 2022
Criminal Law, Pregnancy and Newborns, Women/Women's Resource Advocacy Connection
News | Posted on June 8, 2022
Criminal Law
News | Posted on May 12, 2022
Health Care and Insurance Issues, LGBTQI, Reproductive Health and Rights, Testing and Informed Consent
News | Posted on April 19, 2022
Criminal Law, LGBTQI, Prevention and Sexual Health, Testing and Informed Consent, Youth
News | Posted on April 18, 2022
Criminal Law, Sex Work
The Fine Print Blog | Posted on December 17, 2021
The Fine Print Blog | Posted on September 2, 2021
Testing and Informed Consent
The Fine Print Blog | Posted on June 25, 2021
Criminal Law, HIV as a Disability Under Antidiscrimination Law
The Fine Print Blog | Posted on April 13, 2021