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Decriminalization Is Critical to Protecting Marginalized People and Creating a Healthier World: Lessons from HIV and COVID-19

December 1, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In recognition of World AIDS Day, please join O’Neill Institute Senior Associate Sean Bland, JD, for a discussion about the need to adopt decriminalization approaches to protect marginalized people and improve health. This will include on a presentation on criminalization of health statuses like HIV status and COVID-19 status, as well as criminalization of sex work and drug use. Topics will be discussed with a focus on the following decriminalization efforts in the United States: 

  • Enacted and proposed reforms to modernize HIV criminal laws
  • Advocacy to promote alternatives to criminal law enforcement in response to COVID-19
  • Efforts to end criminalization of sex work
  • Efforts to implement overdose prevention strategies and end criminalization of drug use

The event will take place via the Zoom Online Meeting platform on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 12:00-1:30pm ET. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here: www.bit.ly/OneillHIV2020.