AIDS Law Project

Justice protected: An EMT returns to work

A client of our South Jersey office is an EMT with an ambulance company. Trained on universal precautions, he knows how to do his job safely. But when COVID arrived, he no longer felt safe at work. With a compromised immune system and inadequate personal protection equipment (PPE), he felt unsafe trying to provide care…

Justice Arrived: Welcome Ellis Solomon Eden

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is overjoyed by the latest addition to our extended family, Ellis Solomon Eden, born to Lydia Gottesfeld and Jacob M. Eden on Sept. 12.Ellis arrived at an impressive 9 pounds, 8 ounces and 21.75 inches long.Lydia is an attorney at Community Legal Services and Jacob is an attorney at…

Justice Alerted: End is imminent for utilities shut-off moratoriums

Moratoriums on utilities shut offs imposed at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic are scheduled to end soon, raising the possibility that thousands of customers could lose services. In New Jersey, the moratorium, already extended once, is scheduled to end Thursday, Oct. 15. Although state officials are in negotiations with utilities about the moratorium, nothing…

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…