Blog of Rights

World AIDS Day 2009: ACLU AIDS Lawyer Talks Advocacy

By Anna Mumford, LGBT Project at 3:08pm

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, ACLU attorney Rose Saxe agreed to sit down for a quick interview to discuss the AIDS Project’s litigation and advocacy work.

Founded in 1986, the AIDS Project at the ACLU has worked to fight discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. In the first video of our two-part conversation, Rose discusses the focus of the ACLU’s current HIV/AIDS discrimination casework, and how our advocacy for HIV positive TSA baggage screening applicant Michael Lamarre fits into these larger trends.

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In the second video, Rose looks at some of the most exciting recent victories in HIV/AIDS advocacy, specifically Federal policy decisions by the Obama Administration to lift the HIV travel ban and ensure people living with HIV are covered under the ADA.

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More than 20 years have passed since the World Health Organization founded World AIDS Day in 1988 and, although medical advances have changed the face of the disease, discrimination persists against the one million Americans who currently live with HIV. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, we’re working hard to ensure that it won’t take another twenty years to stop this stigmatization.

The ACLU's AIDS Project recently updated their resource "HIV & Your Civil Rights: Know Your Rights in the Workplace." It and many other resources are available at aclu.org/hiv.

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