The “War on Drugs,” “Stop and frisk,” and the singling out of transgender women for sex worker arrests are example of the process of criminalization: Common behaviors are transformed into crimes, and individuals are labeled as criminals, with huge numbers targeted for surveillance, prosecution, sentencing and detention.
HIV criminalization laws in 32 states that make HIV exposure a crime plus relentless HIV stigma have fueled the prosecution and imprisonment of hundreds of people with HIV in the US, even in states without an “HIV-specific” law.
The fundamental forces driving criminalization and mass imprisonment are the same as those that fuel the HIV/AIDS epidemic -- like economic inequity, racism, homophobia and gender-based discrimination.
HIV criminalization practices spread misinformation, encourage HIV discrimination and discourage HIV testing. And the destructive economic and social effects of CMI on individuals, families and communities further contribute to the persistence of the AIDS epidemic in the US.
HIV PJA fights the stigmatizing and biased criminalization of people with HIV, people of color, people in poverty, drug users, immigrants, sex workers, and LGBTQ people.
We mobilize the HIV/AIDS community to join efforts to tear down systems of criminalization and mass imprisonment, using community education, media efforts, policy work and direct action/protest.
Michael L. Johnson is sitting in prison under a discriminatory HIV Criminalization law. With your help, he could be free in a matter of months. To make sure that Michael has expert legal support when his case is again heard in court, we must raise $20,000. This legal defense fund will be used to hire […]
This webinar provides crucial legal and advocacy updates on Michael L. Johnson’s HIV criminalization case in Missouri and presents a number of new opportunities for action for Michael’s liberation. Thank you to our moderator Charles Stephens and presenter Mayo Scheiber. Also, thank you to all attendees for submitting questions. Watch the webinar! Resources from the webinar: […]