Author Archives: Ronda

Justice Cared-For: Northeastern Pennsylvania residential care facility settles employment discrimination case with HIV-positive CNA

A northeastern Pennsylvania residential care facility has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle an employment discrimination claim on behalf of a certified nursing assistant who was fired shortly after his employer learned he is living with HIV. The AIDS Law … Continue reading

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Justice Worked: Transitioning from disability benefits to employment and back again

Our client is a 64-year-old woman who has been living with HIV for 30 years and on Social Security disability benefits. She began to feel well enough to return to work and got a job with a social service organization. … Continue reading

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Justice Metered: A tenant stands up to her dishonest landlord

Our client is the mother of three teenage children. She is also living with HIV and is a recent cancer survivor. She contacted us after she became suspicious her landlord was taking advantage of her. She had signed a lease … Continue reading

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Justice Rehabilitated: Disabled man gets a chance for a stable life, despite history of drug addiction

Living on the streets with HIV, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, uncontrolled diabetes resulting in ulcers on his foot, and peripheral neuropathy has made treatment and stability almost impossible for our 59 year-old client. Drug use offered him an occasional escape from … Continue reading

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Justice Expedited: A quick restoration of benefits

Our 64-year old client is illiterate, has an anxiety disorder and is living with HIV. His monthly Social Security disability check is his sole source of income. When it didn’t arrive, he took all his mail to his case manager, … Continue reading

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Justice Renamed: A new name for a safe future

Our client married his now ex-husband in May 2013. The relationship became increasingly violent and his husband was ultimately imprisoned in 2015 for assaulting him. After divorcing his violently abusive spouse, our client started going by a different name socially … Continue reading

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Justice Electrified: A quick bankruptcy keeps NJ woman from losing her power

Our client, a 41-year-old disabled woman, lives in a Section 8 subsidized house with her two teenage children in rural Salem County, New Jersey. The family has lived in the house for 15 years and it is in great disrepair. … Continue reading

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Justice Refocused: Photographer names his “family of choice” to inherit his art

A senior client came to the AIDS Law Project seeking assistance in executing a will and medical power of attorney. Estranged from his immediate family, he struggled with who he would name on his documents. He will be leaving behind … Continue reading

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Justice Shielded: Crippling Money Judgment Averted Against Minor Child and Family Housing Crisis Alleviated

We represented a Liberian healthcare worker in an eviction claim after her 15 year-old son was named as the defendant. She had fallen behind on her rent because her work hours were diminished. She didn’t know where to turn for … Continue reading

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Justice Turned-Up: P.A. Dept. of Corrections allows Turn It Up! Staying Strong Inside in all Pennsylvania prisons 

The SERO Project, a national network of people with HIV that includes a large membership of incarcerated people, publishes Turn It Up! Staying Strong Inside. The latest edition is 34-pages of stories, information, fact sheets and resources for health and wellness. In May 2017, … Continue reading

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