As a national champion of human rights and social justice, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network leads the charge on improving social realities for people living with HIV. With HIV as their unifying theme, their work addresses complex issues that include HIV criminalization; drug policy and harm reduction; the needs and rights of people in prisons; intricacies of immigration and travel; multiple social determinants of health in Indigenous communities; and discrimination faced by people in sex work. Read a full overview of the Legal Network’s reach.
The Legal Network has just released their five-year strategic plan to carry them until 2022. It features three foundation goals:
1. Repeal or reform of punitive laws or policies that unjustly criminalize or discriminate against key populations affected by HIV
2. Enactment and implementation of laws and policies that protect key populations affected by HIV from discrimination and abuse, and ensure access to appropriate health care
3. Support for key populations affected by HIV to know, promote, demand and enjoy their human rights
Their priority outcomes will impact the lives of people living with HIV, people who use drugs, people in sex work, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people. PAN applauds the Network, and looks forward to continuing our working relationship over this next phase of their work.
To see the priority outcomes for each goal, read the Strategic Plan.
Learn more about the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network