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 Legal Consultation Centers at AIDS 2008 in Mexico City, AIDS 2016 in Durban and ICASA 2017 in Abidjan, and at AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam.
A big thank you to all of the attorney volunteers who participated in the Legal Consultation Center in Amsterdam at AIDS 2018. In addition to our amazing staff attorneys, we were thrilled to have representatives from the following organizations participate:
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa
ONG REVS PLUS
Pan-African Treatment Access Movement
Positive Women's Network - USA
Southern Africa Litigation Centre
The Gender and Justice Unit
UNDP HIV, Health and Development Group