Blog of Rights

In Alabama and South Carolina, Separate and Unequal

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:30am
Last month, we blogged about the state of Mississippi's decision to stop segregating prisoners with HIV from the rest of the prison population.

Locked up for Being Pregnant and HIV-Positive

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:24pm

I'm going to do things a little backwards here... Ordinarily, I would give you what is called a time served sentence, and...your time in prison would effectively end today....[However] I'm inclined to keep you in jail, given your medical condition…

Government Should Focus on HIV Prevention, Not Promoting One Set of Religious Beliefs

By Rose Saxe, AIDS Project at 2:12pm

It's admirable that the federal government provides money to help victims of human trafficking in the United States get their lives back through the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Unfortunately, many trafficking victims have been raped, or…

Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Prisoners in Alabama Continues

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:40pm

Today the Associated Press reported on an issue that our National Prison Project has been working on since late last year. Alabama is the only state in the nation that continues to discriminate against HIV-positive prisoners, including, as this…

AIDS Conference 2012 – ACLU Continues Fighting to “Turn the Tide Together”

AIDS Conference 2012 – ACLU Continues Fighting to “Turn the Tide Together”

By Patrick DePoy, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:16am

This week, Washington will host the 2012 International AIDS Conference.  This is the first time since 1990 that the U.S. will host the major international gathering on the AIDS epidemic.  The reason for this is that in 1987, Congress passed…

Will Politics Trump Science and Undermine Civil Liberties in Spending “Deal”?

Will Politics Trump Science and Undermine Civil Liberties in Spending “Deal”?

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:40am

In negotiating the year-end spending deal, some in Congress would rather put politics ahead of science and public health.

Fighting AIDS and Fighting for Free Speech

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 5:18pm

Today, a federal appeals court in Manhattan heard oral argument in a case challenging the so-called "anti-prostitution pledge," which is part of a law called the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act. On one side,…

On World AIDS Day, Fight Ongoing Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Prisoners

On World AIDS Day, Fight Ongoing Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Prisoners

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:41pm

Today is World AIDS Day. At the beginning of this year, three states — Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina — continued to segregate its prisoners with HIV from the rest of the prison population.

A Victorious Step Toward Ensuring Reproductive Health Care for Trafficking Victims

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:27am

On Monday, a federal district court in Massachusetts ruled that an ACLU challenge to the government's use of taxpayer dollars to impose religious doctrine on victims of human trafficking may go forward. The decision is a victory for women's health…

World AIDS Day 2009: ACLU AIDS Lawyer Talks Advocacy

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…