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Hershey Case Reaches Morehouse College

Recently we learned that our victory in the Milton Hershey School case was used to help Morehouse College, a prestigious institution in Atlanta, revise its approach to dealing with students with HIV.

The college’s practice had been that if the school learned a student had HIV, everyone from teachers to residence hall staff would be notified “so they could protect themselves,” said John Warchol, senior staff attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Morehouse had requested trainings on a variety of aspects of HIV and AIDS. In the session on legal issues, Warchol used two video clips on the Hershey case from CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 – including an interview with Executive Director Ronda B. Goldfein.

AIDS Law Project staff members talked to Warchol at the American Bar Association AIDS Coordinating Committee conference Feb. 28 to March 1, which they attended to participate in panels and accept the Alexander D. Forger Award for Excellence in HIV Legal Services and Advocacy.

“I said, ‘You’re not alone in this, but what you’re doing is wrong,’” Warchol said, describing the training as non-confrontational and positive.

We are gratified to hear that the Hershey victory helped advance the rights of HIV positive young people well beyond the borders of Pennsylvania.

AIDS Law Project Wins National Award

We are thrilled to have won the Alexander D. Forger Award for Excellence in HIV Legal Services and Advocacy from the American Bar Association AIDS Coordinating Committee.

The committee recognized us for our “record of commitment and effectiveness in the fight against HIV and AIDS.”

The award, established in 2012, was presented at the ABA HIV/AIDS Law & Practice Conference on February 28th in Atlanta.

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