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News from the Positive Justice Project--read on for updates on state and federal advocacy efforts, including from state-by-state working groups, and updates on the criminal cases of Michael Johnson, Nushawn Williams and others! For more information about PJP or the PJP Working Groups, contact us at pjp@hivlawandpolicy.org.
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CHLP, The American Bar Association AIDS Coordinating Committee and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers held a teleconference on Thursday, May 5 on HIV criminal law for criminal defense lawyers, service providers in the legal, medical and social work communities and people living with HIV. Audio of the teleconference is now available.
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Elton John AIDS Foundation, a major funder of CHLP's Positive Justice Project, call for an end to laws that criminalize HIV.
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CHLP filed of a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Michael Johnson, a former Missouri college student sentenced to more than 30 years for violating Missouri’s HIV transmission and exposure statute. The brief argues that Missouri’s criminal HIV law is irrational and at odds with federal law that prohibits singling out a group of people for uniquely punitive treatment based on their identity or health status.
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CHLP, in collaboration with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, has released this guide that explains the simple medical facts of HIV transmission and care, addresses the legal foolishness that discriminates against and imprisons people living with HIV, and gives solutions for anyone willing to act now to decriminalize HIV.
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CHLP announced a new partnership with the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Lesbian Rights to raise awareness about the harms of HIV criminal laws. The centerpiece of the joint campaign is a video about what these laws do, whom they target, and how they cause harm without any perceptible benefit.
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This statement addresses 1) broad public ignorance about HIV, STIs and identities associated with stigmatized diseases; 2) the criminalization of HIV; 3) HIV related discrimination in criminal justice and immigration detention facilities, and in the military; and 4) the need for focused prevention, health services and policy reform on behalf of sex workers and people who inject drugs.
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This fact sheet is part of a larger effort to replace that ignorance with information about what is currently well-known about how HIV is and is not transmitted, and how modern HIV care has transformed the health and longevity of people living with HIV.
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This United States map identifies states that have HIV-specific criminal statutes, and subsequent prosecutions, and states that do not have such statutes but have arrested or prosecuted people for HIV exposure or non-disclosure. The map highlights the more than 260 reported HIV-specific arrests and prosecutions that have occurred since 2008.
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This new report recommends federal action to address pervasive profiling, punishment and imprisonment of LGBT people and people living with HIV.
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In the wake of recent court decisions rejecting several applications of the criminal law to people with HIV, the Positive Justice Project (PJP), a national coalition challenging HIV criminal law policies in the United States, released a set of principles to guide the modernization of state HIV criminal laws across the country.
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CHLP testimony before New York City Council committees called for a resolution supporting written guarantees of LGBTQ-inclusive sexual and reproductive health and literacy services for youth in out of home care.

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Criminal Law
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Criminal Law
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Human Rights, Prisons and Jails, Racial Justice
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Gender Issues, LGBTQI, Prisons and Jails
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Confidentiality and Disclosure, Health Care and Insurance Issues, Stigma
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Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on August 19, 2016
Human Rights, Prisons and Jails, Racial Justice
Resource | Posted on August 10, 2016
Gender Issues, LGBTQI, Prisons and Jails
Resource | Posted on August 10, 2016
Confidentiality and Disclosure, Health Care and Insurance Issues, Stigma
Resource | Posted on August 8, 2016
LGBTQI
Blog Post | Posted on June 21, 2016
Criminal Law
Blog Post | Posted on June 21, 2016
Criminal Law, LGBTQI, Prisons and Jails, Youth in State Custody
Blog Post | Posted on May 25, 2016
Criminal Law, Human Rights, International
Blog Post | Posted on May 23, 2016