Organising Advocacy

Increasing awareness and strategizing for future advocacy

Agencies around the world are using different techniques to undertake advocacy to reduce HIV criminalisation. These resources include manuals on how anti-criminalisation can be undertaken, tools to use when developing advocacy plans, and records of advocacy events – showing advocacy development in action.

International Consultation on the Criminalization of HIV Transmission: Summary of main issues and conclusions

Records discussions of legal experts and other stakeholders at a UNAIDS/UNDP meeting convened in the context of renewed calls for the use of criminal law to HIV sexual transmission. Discussions aimed to inform a UNAIDS/UNDP policy brief.

Technical consultation in collaboration with the European AIDS Treatment Group and AIDS Action Europe on the criminalization of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, Copenhagen, 16 October 2006

Describes the work of the 2006 WHO technical consultation on the criminalization of HIV exposure and transmission, involving participants from all over Europe. Concludes that criminalization of HIV/STI transmission or exposure should be a last resort and only undertaken in a manner consistent with human rights conventions and laws. Argues that criminalization represents a failure of prevention efforts, with greater efforts required to overcome stigma and discrimination that undermine prevention.

Unsafe law: health, rights and the legal response to HIV

Suggests that, while important, rights-based arguments are an insufficient basis for advocacy, with legal scholarship and research having an important role to play. Argues that policy-makers, legislators and those responsible for interpretation and enforcement of law must base their HIV response not on populist morality but on the strong evidence base provided by three decades of clinical, scientific and social research.

Report on the ARASA/OSISA civil society consultative meeting on the criminalization of the wilful transmission of HIV

Outlines discussions at a community consultative meeting on HIV criminalisation attended by members of civil society from a range of countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The meeting considered different perspectives on criminalisation, aiming to reach consensus on what constitutes an appropriate and effective response to harmful HIV-related behaviour.

HIV, Crime and the Law in Australia: Options for Policy Reform – a law reform advocacy kit

Divided into two sections, section two is an advocacy kit (pages 14-19). Includes possible actions to enable the development of better laws and policies, and improved practices on the part of the agencies enforcing existing laws.

Results from the Roundtable on Criminalization of HIV and women in BC Priority Setting Day

Outlines the impact of the criminalization of HIV on women, and sets research and advocacy priorities to inform policy and practice.

The Public Health Implications of Criminalizing HIV Non-Disclosure, Exposure and Transmission: Report of an International Workshop

Explores key themes from the first international meeting focused on strengthening new empirical research on criminalization. Offers suggestions for future research on the public health implications of criminalizing HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission.

Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure in Canada Video Series

Series of 23 short videos on different aspects of criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada. Topics include: What is criminalization of HIV disclosure?, What should I do if I’m charged?, Why don’t people with HIV always disclose?, and How does Canada’s strict legal stance affect those living with HIV?.

Ten Things Anyone Can Do To Help End HIV Criminalization

Provides quick-reference resources including HIV criminalization talking points and references, links to longer reference materials indexed by issue/subject, and guidance on the legislative process and advocacy strategy prepared by The Center for HIV Law and Policy (pages 1-3 in Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization: A manual for advocates. Vol 3: This is how we win. A Toolkit for community Advocates).

Why Are We Putting People In Jail For Having HIV? First: HIV Criminalization A Grassroots Guide To HIV Criminalization: Facts, Foolishness And Solutions

Outlines the basics of HIV criminalization, medical facts, how criminalization exacerbates stigma, issues with HIV laws, and how people can advocate for change. Includes useful links.

State-Level Legislative Advocacy Cheat Sheet

Lists steps in organising advocacy, includes highlights from the ‘General Rules for Organizing State-Level Legislative Advocacy on HIV Criminalization’, as well as additional suggestions for advocates. Quick reference tool for discussions, strategy development, meetings, and presentations (pages 5-6 in Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization: A manual for advocates. Vol 3: This is how we win. A Toolkit for community Advocates).

General Rules for Organizing State-Level Legislative Advocacy on HIV Criminalization

Advice on organising advocacy for law reform (pages 26-30 in Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization: A manual for advocates. Vol 3: This is how we win. A Toolkit for community Advocates).

 

 

Advocates Speak: A Snapshot of Voices and Perspectives from Grinnell

Outlines conference discussions including recognition that HIV criminalization is part of broader criminal and social justice struggles. The conference stressed a powerful and inspiring theme of interconnectedness, with great interest in exploring meaningful collaborations grounded in mutual respect, commonalities and shared values.