Why Should HIV Criminalization Matter to You?
December 7, 2010
This article was provided by the Positive Women's Network of the United States of America.
Please join the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN) and the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) on Thursday December 16 at 2:00pm ET for an informational call and discussion of HIV Criminalization in the U.S. with advocates from NAPWA, The Center for HIV Law & Policy (CHLP), and Lambda Legal's HIV Project.
On the call speakers will discuss the experiences of people prosecuted under criminal HIV exposure and transmission laws, the current legal landscape of HIV criminalization, the inspiration for creating a tool for advocates on HIV criminalization, and how HIV advocates can use the publication in their communities. Presentations will be followed by lively conversation.
When: December 16th at 11:00am PT/1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Teletraining Background Information
According to recent analysis thirty-four states and two U.S. territories have HIV-specific criminal statutes that criminalize HIV exposure and transmission, and thirty-six states have reported proceedings in which HIV-positive people have been arrested and/or prosecuted for consensual sex, biting, and spitting. At least eighty such prosecutions have occurred in the last two years alone.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy in collaboration with 40 other organizations recently launched the Positive Justice Project, a community-driven, multidisciplinary collaboration to repeal HIV criminalization statutes and end HIV-specific prosecutions, increased punishment, and government-sponsored discrimination against people with HIV in the criminal justice system.
The Center recently released the first comprehensive analysis of HIV-specific criminal laws and prosecutions in the United States. The publication, Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization: State and Federal Laws and Prosecutions, covers policies and cases in all fifty states, the military, federal prisons and U.S. territories and is intended to be used as a resource for lawyers and community advocates on the laws, cases, and trends that define HIV criminalization in the United States.
Some examples of recent prosecutions discussed in CHLP's manual include:
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