CHLP Commemorates World AIDS Day 2022
December 1, 2022 marked World AIDS Day with events and commemorations happening across the country and around the globe. In New York City, CHLP's Chief Strategy Advisor Catherine Hanssens participated in a Rally Against HIV Criminalization that was held and the NYC AIDS Memorial. The rally was one of many commemorations held at the memorial and was hosted by Talia Mota, PhD, MPH, with the help of her students at Fordham University. In Dr. Mota’s class, People and the Living Environment, she teaches concepts of science and societal impact.
Also in the news today, The Guardian published a World AIDS Day feature on the devastating effects of HIV criminalization: ‘I lost my retirement, my career, my home’: the Americans imprisoned for being HIV-positive. The article focuses on the stories of Robert Suttle, Ken Pinkela, and Lashanda Salinas, all of whom have experienced the harsh penalties associated with these criminal laws, including mandatory sex offender registration. CHLP Executive Director S. Mandisa Moore-O'Neal was quoted in the article on the urgency of meaningful criminal law reform, "If we are serious about ending the epidemic, we must update these laws, including repeal if we can ensure that what is created in their place won’t have to be reformed 10 years from now."
And coming up on Tuesday, December 6, Moore-O'Neal and Hanssens will appear together for a live conversation, Let's Talk CHLP, where they will discuss their leadership transition, visions for the organization and it's role in this political moment. The event will be live on YouTube and available as a recording on CHLP's channel after the presentation. For more, visit @CHLPvideo.