CHLP filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York State, asking the court to hear the appeal of Robert Suttle, a Black gay man living with HIV, asking to reverse the lower court’s ruling requiring him to register as a sex offender in New York due to his conviction under draconian and discriminatory Louisiana laws.
On November 18, 2022, the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY) welcomed S. Mandisa Moore-O’Neal as the new Executive Director of The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), a Fund Partner Project at event held at the FCNY offices in New York City.
CHLP Executive Director S. Mandisa Moore-O’Neal talks with the Body about why it’s time for HIV leadership to move to a Black, feminist, abolitionist framework to shift power and counter systemic oppression, and what it means to support Black women in leadership.
CHLP Executive Director S. Mandisa Moore-O'Neal spoke about the ongoing work to reform the HIV criminalization laws in Louisiana. “Our coalition tried unsuccessfully to get the lawmakers to modernize it in the way that we knew, based on data and based on experience, was really necessary,” said Mandisa Moore-O’Neal, co-founder of the Louisiana Coalition on Criminalization and Health.
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.”