Beyond Shame & Stigma

Our sold out panel discussion “HIV Criminalization: Beyond Shame & Stigma,” co-sponsored with our friends at TPAN, was a great success this past Thursday, Feb 15. The expert panel included Maurice Chapman formerly of South Suburban HIV/AIDS Regional Clinics, Dr. Trevor Hoppe of SUNY-Albany and author of Punishing Disease, Vera Lamarr of Sex Workers Outreach Project, and Scott Schoettes of Lambda Legal. Legal Council’s very own Justin Hayford gave introductions for the event, and TPAN’s Jeff Berry led panelists as the panel moderator. Conversation centered on the history and development of HIV criminalization in the US, the types of HIV criminal laws currently implemented across the nation, and the lasting impact these penalties have on people living with disease.

Legal Council has spent the last 30 years fighting for the rights of individuals living with HIV, but there’s still much to be done. With your help, we can continue fighting for justice for the HIV/AIDS community. Will you join the fight?

Dr. Trevor Hoppe of SUNY-Albany speaks of HIV Criminalization and his newest book, Punishing Disease.

Left to right: Vera Lamarr (SWOP), Jeff Berry (TPAN), Dr. Trevor Hoppe (Punishing Disease), Justin Hayford (Legal Council for Health Justice), and Scott Schoettes (Lambda Legal).