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December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, a day on which the sex worker community remembers victims of violence over the past year and calls attention to the social stigma, discrimination, and criminalization of sex work that have contributed to this violence. CHLP joins the sex work community’s fight to end violence and challenges the violence and harm that criminalization of both health status and consensual victimless conduct cause to sex workers.

CHLP's Amir Sadeghi moderates a World AIDS Day panel for the NYS Department of Health's Ending the Epidemic (ETE) Summit.
CHLP, NACDL, and the APA released a joint statement that recognizes the essential nature of the criminal legal system to society, and calls on those within that system, including all individuals living and working in the nation’s jails, prisons, and other detention facilities, to be prioritized in the COVID-19 vaccination process.
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Saluting World AIDS Day with new state criminal legal reform fact sheets, a video on the meaningful inclusion of people living with HIV, and decriminalization advocacy at the Smithsonian Institution and New York’s Ending the Epidemic Summit
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CHLP filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of Virginia in support of Galen Baughman, a young gay man at risk of indefinite civil confinement due to an unjust designation as a “sexually violent predator”. The brief describes the deep homophobic bias embedded in the civil commitment assessment process and in the drive to confine him in the absence of credible evidence.

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