Fact Sheet on H.R. 3053, REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act, AIDS United, Center for HIV Law and Policy, and Partner Organizations (2011)

CHLP Original Publication | Fact Sheet

H.R. 3053, the REPEAL (''Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal") HIV Discrimination Act, was introduced Sept. 23, 2011 by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and addresses the serious problem of discrimination in the use of criminal and civil commitment laws against those who test positive for HIV. This bill creates incentives and support for states to reform existing policies that use the criminal law to target people living with HIV for felony charges and severe punishments for behavior that is otherwise legal or that poses no measurable risk of HIV transmission.

This fact sheet summarizes the bill's goals and significant provisions.  A copy of the bill can found here.

To sign on as an endorser of the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act, please email programassociate@hivlawandpolicy.org

Organizations and noted individuals that endorse the bill, as of June 4, 2012, are:

A Brave New Day
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
AIDS United
African Services Committee
Anna Forbes, MSS, Independent Consultant
Anthony J. Lemelle, Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, City University of New York
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Assistant Professor, Department of Global and Community Health, George Mason University
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Aziza Ahmed, J.D., M.S., Assistant Professor
BAYSWAN, Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Network
Cascade AIDS Project
Center for HIV Law and Policy
Center for Health Justice
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
Charles Whitehead, San Antonio, TX
David Anderson, Oakland, CA
David Webber, Attorney
Deon Haywood, Women With A Vision
Desiree Alliance
Dr. Joshua G. Rosenberger
East Bay Community Law Center
Gay & Lesbian Medical Association
GNP+NA (The Global Network of People Living with HIV, North America)
HIV/AIDS Law Project, Community Legal Services, Inc.
HIV Law Project
HIV Medicine Association
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
Healthy Kinder Inc.
Human Rights Campaign
Immigration Equality Action Fund
John Howard, Miami, Florida
Just Detention International (based in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles)
Lambda Legal
Latino Commission on AIDS
Legal Action Center
Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network
Michigan Positive Action Coalition
Nashville CARES
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
National Center for Health in Public Housing
National Council of Jewish Women
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)
National Stonewall Democrats
National Women's Health Network
National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC)
New Mexico Hepatitis Alliance
Okaloosa AIDS Support and Informational Services, Inc. (OASIS)
Online Buddies
PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Project Inform
Search for a Cure
Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK)
Sex Workers Outreach Project - Denver (SWOP-Denver)
Sex Workers Outreach Project - New York City (SWOP-NYC)
Sex Workers Project - Urban Justice Center
Stephanie Miles, Mercy House
Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc.
The AIDS Institute
The American Humanist Association
The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)
The Philadelphia Center - Northwest Louisiana's HIV/AIDS Resource Center
The Women's Collective
U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN)
UCAN Inc. (United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network)
United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries
United Church of Christ Wider Church Ministries
Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases (WORLD)