10 Black HIV/AIDS Advocates Who Are Making a Difference
April 2, 2012
Brook Kelly, HIV Human Rights Attorney, WORLD, New York
When this Georgetown Law graduate and former Ford Foundation Policy Fellow isn't in her Harlem office, she is traveling around the U.S. raising awareness for a range of issues that impact women living with HIV/AIDS.
For Positive Women's Network, a project of WORLD, one of Brook Kelly's main responsibility is training HIV-positive women on how to be effective advocates not only for themselves, but for other women living with HIV/AIDS. She is also one of the founders of "30 for 30," a national campaign that ensures the unique needs of women living with and affected by HIV, including transgender women, are a priority. "30 for 30" especially focuses on disparities in prevention and care services for black and Latina women who make up the majority of women living with HIV in the U.S.Brook's impact doesn't stop there: Along with writing for many publications and journals, she chairs the Positive Justice Project's committee on Constituency Outreach. With the help of Beirne Roose-Snyder and Vanessa Johnson, the three mobilize HIV-positive women from across the country in anti-HIV criminalization advocacy in order to educate others about discriminatory HIV exposure and transmission laws and to encourage state legal reform.
Comment by: nelson
Tue., May. 28, 2013 at 3:15 am EDT
thank u very much michelle after reading your profile i was uplifted im now sure about how we should handle life after one is diagnose with hiv thanks.
Comment by: Theresa
Tue., Aug. 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm EDT
I have ask myself for 15 years now, where are all the white hiv/aids advocates, mother's daughter's and grandmother's just like me living with hiv. yet to meet or run into at one of many of my 15 years of dr visits a white women just like me?
Comment by: TOM ONSONGO
Wed., Jul. 4, 2012 at 3:01 am EDT
Am a man living with HIV for over 20 years that is when I knew my status. I suffered serious self stigma untill I went through treatment literacy. This changed my life for ever. Today I am a programme director of an NGO fighting HIV in kenya. Correct and accurate informatio on HIV/AIDS is key in fightin this disease.
Comment by: Shanasha Whitson
Wed., Apr. 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm EDT
There are 5, 344.861 people in MN, 5.2 % are black but we make up 33% of people infected in Minnesota. As a medical case manager at The Minneapolis Urban League I offer case management for people of color who are positive. We ofer an array of service that keep people in care and get people connected to services. We have got to take back our power and ensure our communities health and wellness.
Comment by: Teresa Sullivan
Mon., Apr. 9, 2012 at 9:34 am EDT
Congrats Brook Kelly, you deserve to be honored and the PWN is grateful to have you as a ally for women living with HIV/AIDS. Your ROCK!
Comment by: Robin Brennan, DrPH
Tue., Apr. 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm EDT
Michael Everett is an empowering leader and human rights advocate who is truly making a difference. His dedication and compassion are inspiring.
Comment by: Gigi Green
Tue., Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm EDT
Angela Green is my sister. She is a very special person who makes a difference in many lives. I am so glad that she is being recognized for the wonderful woman that she is.
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