Our Work

CHLP fights stigma and discrimination at the intersection of HIV, race, health status, disability, class, sexuality and gender identity and expression, with a focus on criminal and public health systems. As part of this work, we support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change rooted in racial, gender and economic justice. We do this through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources.

CHLP supports and increases the advocacy power and HIV expertise of attorneys, community members, and service providers, and advances policy initiatives that are grounded in and uphold social justice, science, and the public health. We do this by providing high-quality legal and policy materials through an accessible web-based resource bank; cultivating interdisciplinary support networks of experts, activists, and professionals; and coordinating a strategic leadership hub to track and advance advocacy on critical HIV legal, health, and human rights issues.

CHLP takes a collaborative approach to the persistent problem of HIV discrimination and the shortage of trained advocates to address the problem. We serve as a back-up center and source of support to community and legal advocates across the country.

Strategic coordination and sharing of resources is a sound approach to maximizing the representation of those with HIV, allowing existing organizations to use limited resources as efficiently as possible. CHLP works with experts and community members from local direct service providers to national organizations to identify, create, and share high-quality legal and policy resources and advocacy strategies.

CHLP is not a direct legal services organization, and nothing on our website is or should be taken as legal advice. CHLP does provide support to attorneys representing people whose legal issues fall within our mission, including through the filing of amicus curiae briefs. We will, in very limited cases, serve as co-counsel and provide direct representation.  If you are looking for an attorney to provide you with legal representation or advice, please consult the  Legal Assistance page in the HIV Policy Resource Bank or contact a legal services organization in your state.

The information on this site is for general information and educational purposes only, and nothing on this site should be relied upon as legal advice for any specific circumstances. If you are seeking legal representation or advice, please consult an attorney.

The Center for HIV Law and Policy is an independent project of the National Center for Civic Innovation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created by the Fund for the City of New York, 121 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013.