CAAN, the HIV Legal Network, and HALCO are hosting a community consultation about changes to the criminal code that would limit HIV criminalization. We will share 2 options for changes to the criminal code in this land now called Canada, which has some of the highest HIV criminalization in the world. Through case studies, we will discuss how these law reforms impact Indigenous People Living with HIV.
The target audience for this consultation is: Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV; people working in the HIV response; legal and human rights experts in HIV and other areas (sex work, drug policy, 2SLGBTQ+ rights, etc.); and community organizers across Canada.
HIV decriminalization and law reform impacts on Indigenous People Living with HIV (moderated by Trevor Stratton, CAAN)
Date: 21 October 2021, 12 – 1:30 pm ET.
This event is free to attend and open to all.
Chèr(e)s ami(e)s et collègues, si vous souhaitez une consultation en français, veuillez nous contacter pour en discuter.
Why are we hosting this consultation?
On August 23rd, 2021, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) launched a community consultation regarding proposed Criminal Code reforms to limit HIV criminalization. For more information, please see the attached backgrounder (EN and FR).
We want to ensure that our community has the tools to understand the implications of various proposals for law reform. We want to be prepared to address complex and sensitive issues and technicalities that will arise during the process of drafting proposed changes to the Criminal Code and then campaigning for them. We want to be prepared for difficult conversations and decisions in negotiations with lawmakers, if and when we can get a bill introduced in Parliament. Outcomes of the consultation will help ground our efforts in the expertise, needs, and input of the HIV community and our allies as we work to limit criminal prosecutions against people living with HIV. (From CCRHC’s CC Reform Backgrounder).
The survey will close on October 22nd.
Please contact us if you have questions or would like further information. We hope to see you on October 21!
Policy Analyst, HIV Legal Network
Sugandhi del Canto
Policy Advisor, CAAN