Finding that the plaintiff’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits should not have been revoked, the court concluded that the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) guidelines for declaring a person a fleeing felon were inconsistent with the Social Security Act and its implementing regulations in that the guidelines did not require proof of intent to evade justice. Only a court, not SSA, is permitted to make a finding that a party is fleeing prosecution. Further, benefits cannot be suspended from the date on which a warrant itself was issued, but rather from the date on which a person is officially declared a fleeing felon.
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.