This letter was sent by the Steering Committee of the Positive Justice Project to the leadership and membership of the Rhode Island General Assembly’s House Committee on Judiciary in response to proposed legislation to criminalize people living with HIV who know their HIV status but do not disclose that status to sex or needle-sharing partners. House Bill No. 5245 would make convicted persons serve up to 15 years in prison. The bill was scheduled for a hearing in the Judiciary Committee on February 24, 2015.
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.