Monday, March 4, 2013

Free Documentary Screenings on HIV Criminalization on March 7th!

Over 30 thirty states have prosecuted people living with HIV/AIDS for “exposing” others to the virus, typically through consensual and often protected sex, or in cases of fights involving biting or spitting. Yet in a majority of these cases, there was no real threat or risk of HIV transmission. Nevertheless, due to the fear and stigma still surrounding HIV/AIDS, people living with HIV/AIDS can still be tried and convicted as a felon regardless if the virus is actually transmitted and in 33 states, be forced to register as a sex offender.
Clearly, this is bogus.

If you have been charged with an HIV-related crime or civil action – or you represent someone in such action, CONTACT OMSJ IMMEDIATELY.

To help spur the repeal of HIV criminalization laws, Housing Works is proud to announce that Broadway Cares is presenting the screening of two documentaries that illustrate the harm and false logic behind HIV crim laws.

On Thursday, March 7 at 7pm at the SVA Beatrice Theatre, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are showing two documentaries: Positive Women: Exposing Injustice, a documentary produced by Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network that details the lives of four HIV-positive women living with HIV/AIDS, and HIV is Not a Crime, a short produced by the Sero Project.

After the two screenings, there will be a Q&A with Allison Duke, the director of Positive Women: Exposing Injustice; Richard Elliott, executive director of theCanadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; Robert Suttle, assistant director of the Sero Project and featured in HIV Is Not a Crime, and Jessica Whitbread, global chair of the International Community of Women Living with HIV.
The film screenings are free, but RSVP is required.
Learn more about the screening on Broadway Cares’ website, and RSVP for tickets here.
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