AIDS Law Project

JUSTICE Planned: Make a plan to vote now

Election Day is just days away, and the AIDS Law Project urges you to plan how you will vote. For questions about voting, call or text 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683). Here’s what Pennsylvanians and New Jerseyans need to know: Pennsylvania If you are not registered to vote, you have until Monday, Oct. 19.   Register online: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx         or  Go…

Justice Expectant: A doctor who delivers it all

This June, we took a call from Dr. William R. Short, a Penn Medicine Infectious Disease physician specializing in OB/GYN. He needed immediate help: One of his patients, a young Philadelphia woman, pregnant and living with HIV, was scheduled to surrender in July to a small county jail more than 2½ hours away. In May…

Justice Inflated: Filing fees for naturalization will almost double in October

On Aug. 3, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the final rule for its revised fee schedule, creating yet another barrier to citizenship. The AIDS Law Project advises folks seeking naturalization to apply before Oct. 2, when the changes take effect. Of particular concern is the increase in the naturalization application fee from $640…

Justice Benefited

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of our popular Public Benefits and HIV Advocacy Manual is updated and available. For more than 20 years, the AIDS Law Project has used the manual to present biannual public benefits and HIV advocacy training for medical case managers. It’s a definitive resource for people living…

Justice Inspected: Finding Safety from a Storm

The 52-year-old man has lived almost half his life with HIV and was now on the verge of becoming homeless in the middle of the COVID pandemic.He had been living in a shelter for six months, but he had reached his time limit and was told he had to leave.He had been on a waiting…

Justice Pandemic’ed: Even the High Court Delivers

As an organization that fights for justice every day, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania celebrates it wherever we see it prevail. Our quest for justice rings particularly true on the Fourth of July.Unexpectedly, the U.S. Supreme Court has given us three reasons to celebrate in recent weeks.In a June 15 ruling, the court extended…

Justice Update: A time for introspection — and action

During these days of pain and outrage, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania remains committed to continuing to provide free legal services to people living with HIV and to other vulnerable communities, as we have for 32 years.This is a time for introspection, and also for action. So our hands-on law firm is adding tangible…

Justice Redesigned: AIDS Law Project website gets a facelift

We are proud to announce that our new website www.aidslawpa.org is up. We’ve added substantive information and resources on our practice areas, enhanced the navigation and posted our publications for free download.Check it out, share the love and let us know what you think.With thanks and appreciation to our friends at YIKES, Inc. for making…

Justice Returned: Balancing the Scales

When you receive benefits from the Social Security Administration, a small change in income can throw your entire benefit amount in jeopardy – even if it clearly shouldn’t. Our client is a forty-year-old man working in non-profits, who came to us after the SSA improperly counted a severance payment from a previous employer as income….

Justice Moved: Helping Clients Get Settled

Our 28-year-old client had no income, and had fallen behind on his rent. He believed he was eligible for Social Security disability benefits and was financially struggling while the Social Security Administration processed his claim. By the time he sought our help, his landlord had filed a lawsuit seeking over $12,000 in unpaid rent and…