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CHLP's Jada Hicks, Supervising Attorney for Criminal Justice Initiatives, talks with about laws that criminalize HIV and hepatitis, how they contradict science, are overly harsh and how to reform them.
CHLP joined a group of civil rights, health care, and privacy advocates, public defenders and health care providers in a letter urging New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to veto legislation that would criminalize tampering with vaccine cards as it would further marginalize communities bearing the brunt of the pandemic.
R. Kelly stands alongside lawyers Nicole Blank Becker, Thomas Farinella and Calvin Scholar while jurors raise their hands to take the oath as jury selection begins for Kelly's sexual abuse trial in Brooklyn, August 9, 2021. Reuters/Jane Rosenberg
CHLP's Jada Hicks, Supervising Attorney for Criminal Justice Initiatives, spoke with about the R. Kelly case and laws that criminalize sexual behavior among STI-positive individuals.

An omnibus crime bill that recently became law in Missouri included some minor changes to state laws that criminalize PLHIV. Senate Bill 53 was sponsored by Senator Tony Luetkemeyer and was signed by Governor Mike Parson on July 14.

Illinois became the second state (after Texas in 1994) to fully repeal its HIV criminal laws with Governor Pritzker signing Senate Bill 655 into law on July 27, 2021.


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