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Improving the Fight Against Intersecting Epidemics: An Update on Federal Efforts to Address HIV/AIDS and Intimate Partner Violence Among Women and Girls

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and an important time to draw attention to the alarming prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among women and girls. This is particularly true for women living with HIV, over half of whom have experienced IPV in their lifetime. An HIV diagnosis can trigger or exacerbate violence, while trauma…

Housing Grants for HIV+ Women Experiencing Domestic Violence

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Women living with HIV/AIDS face multiple challenges—including increased risk for intimate partner violence (IPV) and housing instability. We know that the combination of HIV, violence, and insecure housing can have dramatic repercussions on women’s health. Studies indicate that over half (55%) of U.S. women living with HIV have experienced IPV. Women who experience violence are…

Shared Struggles, Shared Successes: Working at the Intersection of LGBTI and Disability Rights

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Editor’s Note: The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division posted this update in the lead-up to the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26. While that anniversary has passed, we thought it was still important to share this information about how the Division has continued to enforce the ADA and…

A Re-examination of HIV-Specific Criminal Laws

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A recently published review of HIV-specific state criminal laws by colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) examines the prevalence and characteristics of laws that criminalize potential HIV exposure in the 50 states and the District of Columbia and discusses the implications of these laws…

Justice Department Settles with Rite Aid of Michigan Over Alleged HIV Discrimination

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The Justice Department announced today that, as part of its Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, it has reached a settlement with Rite Aid of Michigan to resolve claims that Rite Aid violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The department found that a Rite Aid store pharmacist in Okemos, Mich., discriminated against a customer with HIV…

Recognizing World AIDS Day 2013

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This post is courtesy of the Civil Rights Division “Federal law is a critically important tool in eradicating the discrimination that so many people living with HIV and AIDS still face in their daily lives.  By enforcing the civil rights laws and educating members of the public about their rights and responsibilities, the Department of Justice…

Justice Department Settles with South Carolina Department of Corrections to End Discrimination Against Inmates with HIV

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Editor’s note: Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Justice released this important announcement regarding its ongoing efforts to address HIV-related discrimination. Please read. The Justice Department announced on September 30, 2013 that it had reached a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and its director, to resolve alleged violations of Title…

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Persons with Hepatitis B

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The Justice Department announced [on March 5, 2013] that it has reached a settlement with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School (UMDNJ) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   The settlement resolves complaints that the UMDNJ School of Medicine and the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine unlawfully excluded applicants because…