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.
The AIDS Law Project Puts a Face on 25 Years of Justice
At the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, one of the fundamental things we can do is truly listen to our clients, who all too often have been ignored. Our primary concern is protecting their confidentiality. But we’ve also found that some of our clients are eager to share their stories, which they do in this video by Peter Lien and Mark Spencer. We’d like to thank Ed Bomba, Jose de Marco, Edna Reyes and the Reverend Jeffery Haskins for sharing some of the challenges they have faced. To see more of the great work of videographer and photographer Peter Lien, go to www.peterlien.com
The Silver Ball: 25 Years of Justice
25 Years on the Front Lines 1988 – 2013
Since 1988, we have fought to protect the rights of people with HIV and AIDS. We represented more than 38,000 Pennsylvanians on cases of discrimination, access to health care, housing, public/private benefits, and estate planning, all at no charge. Some of these cases have grabbed national headlines, such as when we successfully fought for a 13-year-old boy denied admission to the Milton Hershey School because he had HIV. But the cases that get less publicity still make a profound difference in the lives of our clients. In 2012 alone, we helped 1,512 people with 2,508 legal issues. Here are a few recent examples of what we do every day.
- We won $15,000 for a Philadelphia man whose medical confidentiality had been violated by a home health care worker, along with promises from the company that employed the worker for increased training.
- During a long and often frustrating battle, we helped a woman and her four children from Liberia who had been given political asylum in the United States eventually get green cards.
Reflections on 25 Years of Service
We’ve fought the good fight for twenty-five years. We’ve battled stigma and advocated for people living with HIV and AIDS in courtrooms and classrooms across the Commonwealth; we’ve helped shape policy, drafted HIV-related law and authored key publications. After 2 and ½ decades of service, the fight continues. As we march forward, take a glance back at selected AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania highlights. We hope you appreciate our work and continue to support the important history that has been laid by this vital effort.