I am Catherine Hanssens, Esq., Founder of The Center for HIV Law and Policy. I have over 30 years of legal experience working with HIV. AMA about HIV law and policy!
My short bio: I have been active in HIV legal and policy issues since 1984. Previously, I was AIDS Project Director at Lambda Legal, where I led Lambda's HIV-related litigation and policy work. I also worked with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, where I created and managed one of the first medical-legal partnerships in the country, with on-site HIV legal services in several hospitals and clinics. While a staff attorney at the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, I successfully litigated the state's first cases on involuntary HIV testing, a class action challenge to segregation and mistreatment of prisoners with HIV in the New Jersey state prison system, and the only federal appeals court case recognizing the right of incarcerated women to funded elective abortions. I also have been a visiting clinical professor at Rutgers University Law School-Newark and Director of the law school's Women and AIDS Clinic.
My Proof: https://twitter.com/CtrHIVLawPolicy
Edit: Thanks for the great questions, folks! Signing off for now, but I'll check back for any additional questions tomorrow, which by the way is World AIDS Day. Check out our facebook and twitter, @CtrHIVLawPolicy, for more on CHLP's work to #decriminalizehiv!