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The decision by the Virginia Supreme Court in Baughman v. Virginia validates the main argument in CHLP's amicus brief and ends the state’s latest efforts to indefinitely civilly commit activist Galen Baughman as a “sexually violent predator.”
Resource
The latest news on HIV criminalization from the Positive Justice Project, including an historic meeting of prosecutors at the White House, leadership changes at CHLP, and a report from AIDS 2022 in addition to state decriminalization updates.
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Mandisa Moore-O’Neal will become Executive Director in October as Founder Catherine Hanssens steps into a strategy advisor role.
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CHLP and the APA in partnership with the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, convened nearly 50 state prosecutors, attorneys general, federal officials and national infectious disease experts at the White House to consider concrete ways to modernize state criminal laws and the criminal justice response to HIV-specific criminal laws.
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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

The Fine Print Blog
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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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
News | Posted on September 22, 2022
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on September 12, 2022
News | Posted on July 25, 2022
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on June 29, 2022
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on September 12, 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
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on September 12, 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
News | Posted on September 22, 2022
News | Posted on July 25, 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
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