It just got a lot easier to stay informed about HIV criminalization laws and cases across the globe thanks to the HIV Justice Network. The group updated its website, HIVJustice.net, to include the Global HIV Criminalization Database.
In today’s #HIVJustice Weekly we announce a new version of our website featuring the Global HIV Criminalisation Database plus all the week’s #HIVcriminalisation and #COVID-19 #criminalisation articles, podcasts, and cases in one place https://t.co/O45AKIAvVd pic.twitter.com/5kBufLspXw— HIV Justice Network (@HIVJusticeNet) May 15, 2020
According to an announcement from the network, the database is divided into three different but related topics:
- Laws and Analyses—a new portal providing updated information and analysis of HIV criminalization laws previously collated by the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+) as part of the Global Criminalization Scan;
- Cases—a regularly updated searchable global database of reported HIV criminalization cases; and
- Organizations—a new directory of organizations around the world actively working against HIV criminalization.
Based in Amsterdam, the HIV Justice Network bills itself as “a global information and advocacy hub for individuals and organizations working to end the inappropriate use of the criminal law to regulate and punish people living with HIV.”
The network coordinates with its sister organization, HIV Justice Worldwide (HJWW), which aims to shape the conversation about HIV criminalization internationally. Earlier this month, HJWW released a statement on COVID-19 criminalization based on its work in the HIV community. For more details, read “COVID-19 Criminalization: Seven Lesson From the HIV Response.”