A mentally disabled woman was entitled to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits despite the fact that she left a state in which there was an outstanding criminal charge against her. The court determined that it was not required to defer to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) interpretation of the “fleeing felon” statute, despite the statute's failure to define that phrase. SSA’s interpretation of the statute, that the mere issuance of a warrant sufficed as intent to flee regardless of any showing of intent, nullified the regulation’s plain language requiring “an appropriate finding that the individual is fleeing, or has fled, to avoid prosecution.”
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.