NATIONAL HIV IS NOT A CRIME CONFERENCE
JUNE 2-5 At Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
HIV, LGBT, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUPS UNITE TO END HIV CRIMINALIZATION
GRINNELL, IA, March 31, 2014 - Registration is open for the first-ever national HIV is Not a Crime conference
convened to unite and train advocates living with HIV and allies from across the country in the effort to
end the criminalization of people with HIV. The gathering will be held from June 2nd to 5th, 2014, at Grinnell
College in Grinnell, Iowa.
"We expect to a see diverse range of attendees who are working or volunteering for grassroots community
groups or organizations across the country," said Robert Suttle, one of the conference organizers and a person
living with HIV. "We're asking community organizations to assist us with raising funds to provide need-based
scholarships, because every person that attends will help strengthen our movement to educate the community
and advance advocacy for criminalization reform," Suttle added.
The conference will empower attendees with three days of workshops and practical trainings on state advocacy,
grassroots organizing, activism, and familiarity with the legal, medical, media, and public health issues related
to HIV criminalization. As a result of the HIV Is Not A Crime conference, individual and organizational participants
will be better equipped to initiate or advance advocacy in their home states addressing HIV-related
criminalization, stigma and discrimination. The conference will help to rebuild and reenergize state-based HIV
Registration and scholarship information can be found on the conference website: www.HIVIsNotACrime.com.
Scholarship applications must be submitted by April 7th.
HIV criminalization refers to the wrongful use of one's HIV positive status in criminal prosecutions, which has
led to people with HIV being charged under HIV-specific criminal statutes, or under general criminal statutes,
including for behaviors that pose no or little risk of HIV transmission. Sentencing in these cases has sometimes
involved decades in prison and/or required sex offender registration, including in circumstances when there was
no risk of HIV transmission.
These laws, policies and practices contribute to the HIV epidemic by driving people away from public health
and treatment programs and by discouraging at-risk individuals from getting tested.
To get involved or request information on the conference program, registration, and scholarship details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIV IS NOT A CRIME CONFERENCE LIST OF CO-ORGANIZERS
(list still in formation):
AIDS Foundation of Chicago & HIV Prevention Justice Alliance,
American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa,
Black AIDS Institute,
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS,
Campaign to End AIDS,
Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network,
Family Planning Council of Iowa,
Gay Men’s Health Crisis,
Glazebrook & Moe, LLP Attorneys at Law,
GNP+ North America,
HIV Justice Network,
HIV Law Project,
Human Rights Campaign (HRC),
Lifelong AIDS Alliance,
Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network,
My Fabulous Disease,
National Minority AIDS Council,
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs,
National Center for Lesbian Rights,
Philadelphia Center (Northern Louisiana),
Positive Iowans Taking Charge,
Positive Women’s Network-USA,
Project of Primary Health Care
Sociologist AIDS Network,
Transgender Law Center,
and U.S People Living with HIV Caucus
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