Legal Consultation Center
HIV became a series of uncontrollable epidemics because it preyed disproportionately on people living on the margins of society. And while many countries have enacted laws to protect the most vulnerable populations, stigma and discrimination continue to drive people living with HIV underground, away from counselling and testing services, treatment, and care.
For those whose rights have been targeted, it can seem an insurmountable challenge to even begin to engage with the legal system. And when that first step—finding a lawyer and having an initial discussion—costs more than you can afford to pay, justice can seem out of reach.
That’s why AIDS-Free World has created a Legal Resource Guide— a list of local organizations that provide support and legal assistance in Africa—and why we host a Legal Consultation Center on the sidelines of major international AIDS conferences.
Our Legal Consultation Center brings together pro bono lawyers from around the world and provides an opportunity for conference delegates and members of the public to have an initial conversation with an attorney lawyer, free of charge. Whether they’re seeking information on HIV criminalization, workplace discrimination, disclosing their status, or any other pressing question, people can use the consultation to discuss the challenges they’re facing and learn more about the resources available in their own communities.
We’ve hosted successful consultations at AIDS conferences in Mexico City and Durban, South Africa, and will be hosting Legal Consultation Centers at ICASA (Côte D’Ivoire, December 2017) and the International AIDS Conference (Amsterdam, July 2018).
AIDS-Free World will host the next Legal Consultation Center at ICASA (International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa) in Côte D'Ivoire in December 2017.