This year, Congresswoman Barbara Lee will reintroduce the REPEAL Act with bipartisan support. If passed, this act will be a key step towards ending unfair and unjust HIV criminalization laws in the United States by:
- Working with state stakeholders (i.e., state attorneys general, state public health officials, people living with HIV, legal advocacy and service organizations) to review laws, policies and cases that impose criminal liability on people living with HIV;
- Developing a set of best practices for the treatment of HIV in criminal and civil commitment cases;
- Issuing guidance to states based on those best practices;
- Monitoring whether/how states change policies consistent with that guidance.
To find out more about the REPEAL Act, please see this fact sheet.
Show your support for the REPEAL Act! List your organization as an endorser by filling out this form by COB May 7, 2013. Endorsements will continue to be open after the introduction of the bill.
REPEAL Act History
Last Congress, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) introduced the Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal HIV Discrimination Act, or REPEAL Act. The 2011 Repeal Act expressed the sense of Congress that federal and state laws, policies, and regulations regarding people living with HIV/AIDS should:
- Not place unique or additional burdens on such individuals solely as a result of their HIV status
- Demonstrate a public health-oriented, evidence-based, medically accurate, and contemporary understanding of HIV transmission, health implications, treatment, and the impact of punitive HIV-specific laws and policies on affected people, families, and communities.
It received the support of 41 Members of Congress and nearly 80 organizations.
The 2013 REPEAL Act is in line with: