Attending USCA? Check out these suggested workshops!

| August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments


United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) is next week! More than 3,000 HIV community members from across the county will be landing in our nation’s capital. USCA is an opportunity for us to come together, learn from one another, and strategize how we can take action to advance an HIV prevention justice agenda including fighting for HIV funding in the federal budget.

Register for NMAC’s Action Day, on Sept. 6, for an opportunity to meet with your Members of Congress in person and demand they protect important programs such as Office of the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF), Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), and Ryan White.

Be sure to check out this session, which includes several HIV PJA members, on the intersection of racial justice, mass incarceration and HIV in the South.

Saturday, Sept. 9 at 4:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Workshop Title: The Intersection of Racial Justice, Mass Incarceration and HIV in the South


  • Charles Stephens, Counter Narrative Project, Atlanta, GA (Moderator)
  • Vanessa Johnson, JD, Ribbon Consulting Group, LLC/PWN-USA
  • Marvell Terry, II, The Red Door Foundation
  • Megan McLemore, Human Rights Watch
  • Maxx Boykin, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance

This year’s USCA has many sessions of interest to HIV PJA members. Here is a list of we recommend our members check out while at USCA. See full workshop descriptions here.

Session 1: Thursday, Sept. 7, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • Southern Fried Votes: A Recipe for Effective Voter Mobilization
  • Nothing About Us Without Us: PLHIV’s Role in Ending HIV Criminalization
  • Leaving No One Behind: Fulfilling the Promise to Sex Workers

Session 2: Thursday, Sept. 7, 2:45 – 4:45 p.m.

  • Race, Class, and Privilege in HIV Work
  • HIV Housing: Policy and Practice Impact on Ending HIV
  • Protecting the Civil Rights of People Living with HIV
  • Trauma-Informed Care for Women Living with HIV: Tools for Implementation

Session 3: Friday, Sept. 8, 9 – 11 a.m.

  • Reforming Drug Pricing – An Advocate’s Toolbox
  • Preventing HIV in the Trump Administration
  • Social Determinants of Health- Looking closer at racial, ethnic and geographical disparities in health care outcomes
  • HIV is Not A Crime

Session 4: Friday, Sept. 8, 2 – 4 p.m.

  • Strolling into Truvada: PrEP Access Among Sex Workers
  • Community Mobilization: Facilitators & Barriers in 9 U.S. Cities
  • Ending HIV in the Trump Era: Risk or Opportunity?
  • Chicas Charlando: Latinx ladies discuss intersectionalities within a sexual and reproductive justice framework

Session 5: Friday, Sept. 8, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m.

  • Health Care Rights Enforcement and Discrimination in the Trump Era
  • Why the X? Understanding Latinx
  • Addressing the overrepresentation of PLHIV/HCV in the criminal legal system

Session 6: Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 – 11 a.m.

  • Developing a Plan to End Your States HIV Epidemic
  • We Need to Talk: Latinx Community “Isms” and Trauma
  • Using the Law to Discriminate, a Southern Perspective
  • BRING IT! Young Women, Trans Women, Trans Females and Femms Working Together
  • Building Support for HIV Criminalization Reform and Advocacy

Session 7: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2 – 4 p.m.

  • Addressing Stigma and Risk among Incarcerated Women Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Undoing Structural Racism: A Local and National Perspective
  • JUSTICE FOR ALL! Protecting Civil Rights through HIV Advocacy for Black Communities

Session 8: Saturday, Sept. 9, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m.

  • Strong Communities: Race & Social Drivers of HIV
  • Race and Health Disparities Hepatitis: A Call to Action
  • Expanding Sanctuary: Reimagining Resistance and Safety in our Cities
  • The Intersection of Racial Justice, Mass Incarceration and HIV in the South

Session 9: Sunday, Sept. 10, 9 -11 a.m.

  • Advocacy: Engagement Strategies to end the Epidemic
  • Centering Transgender Leadership in the HIV Field

Category: Criminalization & Mass Imprisonment, HIV Prevention Strategies, National HIV/AIDS Policy, Queer & Transgender Justice

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