Meet Our Staff

 

Aisha Assan-Lebbe, (she/her) Program Support Assistant

Aisha joined the Legal Network in September 2023 as the Program Support Assistant. She attended the University of Toronto at St. George studying Human Geography and American Studies. During her undergraduate degree, Aisha conducted research in the environmental humanities and was heavily involved in student organizing and advocacy efforts. In her spare time, Aisha can be found running, reading, and trying out new cafés in Toronto.

Alexander Da Costa-Furtado

Alexander Da Costa-Furtado (He/Him) Digital Archivist

Alex joined the Legal Network in August 2023. As the Digital Archivist, he is responsible for organizing, remediating, and developing processes for managing the institution’s records as the Legal Network reduces its paper presence and moves into digital repositories. Prior to joining the Legal Network, Alex worked as a digital preservationist and archival assistant for academic collections, predominantly containing rare books and photographs.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from McMaster University and a Masters of Information Science in Archival and Records Management from the University of Toronto. When he’s not at work, Alex is either playing bass, reading the works of Fernando Pessoa, or spending much time meandering the sidewalks of Toronto trying to find a snack.

André Capretti

André Capretti, (he, him) Policy Analyst

acapretti (at) hivlegalnetwork.ca

Since joining the HIV Legal Network in 2022, André has taken on a variety of work on HIV-related human rights issues, including in relation to Indigenous peoples, HIV criminalization, harm reduction in the prison context, and in different pieces of strategic litigation.

André’s previous experiences include working as a litigator for the federal government, as a public interest articling fellow for Amnesty International Canada, and with a boutique litigation law firm in Montreal. During his studies, André clerked with Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal and volunteered with various legal clinics, student groups, and research institutes. André also spent summers interning in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with a local human rights NGO and in Geneva, Switzerland with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Anne-Rachelle Boulanger

Anne-Rachelle Boulanger, (she, her) Policy Analyst

Anne-Rachelle joined the HIV Legal Network in April 2023. Fluent in English and French, Anne-Rachelle works with our Research and Policy team on a variety of HIV-related human rights issues.

Before joining the HIV Legal Network, Anne-Rachelle worked as a lawyer, specializing in forced migration and international human rights. She represented clients in refugee claims and appeals, pre-removal risk assessments, humanitarian applications, and other matters. Anne-Rachelle also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of the rights of persons with albinism, where she drafted several reports on the rights of people with albinism for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations General Assembly, the Pan-African Parliament, and the African Union.

Cécile Kazatchkine

Cécile Kazatchkine, (she/her) Senior Policy Analyst

ckazatchkine (at) hivlegalnetwork.ca

Cécile Kazatchkine has been working with the Legal Network for more than a decade. Previously based in Toronto, Cécile is now back in Paris, France.

Fluent in English and French, Cécile leads our work with HIV Justice Worldwide — a global coalition against HIV criminalization where she supports a Francophone network of activists. Cécile is also deeply engaged in our work with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria providing regular technical assistance in West and North Africa on human rights program and HIV. Cécile, who has long experience combatting HIV criminalization in Canada, continues to support advocacy domestically and works on drug policy related issues.

Doriana Schiavi

Doriana Schiavi, (she/her) Finance Manager*

dschiavi (at) hivlegalnetwork.ca   +1 416 595-1666 ext. 226

Doriana joined the Legal Network staff in January 2006.

At the Legal Network, Doriana leads the Finance Team. She creates and manages budgets, assisting with applications for funding and preparing financial reports to funders. She also performs the day-to-day tasks required with respect to the Legal Network’s finances.

Dylan DeMarsh

Dylan DeMarsh, (he/him), Digital and Strategic Communications Officer

d.dmarsh (at) hivlegalnetwork.ca

Dylan joined the HIV Legal Network in June 2022 and is responsible for producing digital media content and supporting other aspects of HIVLN communications activities.

Prior to joining the Legal Network, Dylan worked with PARN-Your Community AIDS Resource Network in Peterborough for 12 years and he has a BA in Journalism from Carleton University and a Public Relations Certificate from Langara College in Vancouver, BC.

Janet Butler-McPhee

Janet Butler-McPhee, (she/her) Co-Executive Director*

jbutler (at) hivlegalnetwork.ca  +1 416 595-1666 ext. 227

Janet joined the Legal Network staff in December 2010. She became Co-Executive Director in July 2021.

Janet is responsible for the Legal Network’s effective overall operation and implementing the organization’s mandate. She advises and supports the Board of Directors, especially in formulating strategic directions and organizational plans, and developing policy. She also guides the organization’s fundraising efforts.

Megan Long

Megan Long, (she/her) Communications Specialist

mlong (at) hivlegalnetwork.ca  +1 416 595-1666 ext. 228

Megan joined the Legal Network in March 2018.

As the Communications Specialist, Megan is the lead writer and editor for all communications materials. She also edits and proofs all reports and policy documents — essentially, nothing leaves Legal Network desks without her eyes on it! Megan believes that words are key tools for changing hearts and minds, which will in turn lead to policy change. Advocacy needs to be compelling and to tell a story, and this is Megan’s strength. She honed her storytelling skills as a fiction editor in her previous career and still turns to novels as an escape from the everyday world of work and parenting. In her off hours, Megan can be found testing out new baking recipes, singing in a choir, or trying to convince her two kids to go for a walk with her along the Toronto boardwalk.

Mikhail Golichenko

Mikhail Golichenko, (he/him) Senior Policy Analyst

mgolichenko (at) gmail.com  +1 416 595-1666 ext. 241

Mikhail is a Russian and Canadian lawyer, focusing on research and advocacy work in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. His area of research spans from HIV criminalization and drug law reforms to the engagement of civil society in health policy and advocacy. Mikhail has been involved extensively in building the capacity of community legal workers and continues to assist in challenging cases related to drug use and human rights before various regional and international bodies, including the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies. He has authored publications on human rights, drug policy, and civil litigation issues in English and Russian.

Richard Elliott

Richard Elliott, (he/him) Consultant

Richard joined the Legal Network staff in January 1999 as Director of Policy and Research, following an 18-month term on its board of directors. He became Deputy Director in 2005 and Executive Director in 2007. Following his departure from the Executive Director role, Richard began working as a consultant, focusing on human rights in the context of HIV.

Sandra Ka Hon Chu

Sandra Ka Hon Chu, (she/her) Co-Executive Director*

schu (at) hivlegalnetwork.ca  +1 416 595-1666 ext. 232

Sandra joined the Legal Network staff in September 2007. She became Co-Executive Director in July 2021.

Sandra is responsible for the Legal Network’s effective overall operation and implementing the organization’s mandate. She advises and supports the Board of Directors, especially in formulating strategic directions and organizational plans, and developing policy. She has also helped guide the Legal Network’s litigation in key court cases in Canada and internationally, including lawsuits challenging the Canadian government’s failure to adopt prison-based needle and syringe programs and criminal laws governing sex work.

 

Terry Gould, (he/him) Program Support Manager*

tgould (at) hivlegalnetwork.ca   +1 416 595-1666 ext. 223

Terry joined the Legal Network staff in October 1998 as an intern. He became the Program Support Manager in May 1999 on a part-time basis, assuming the post full time in April 2000.

At the Legal Network, Terry leads the Program Support Team. He assigns tasks to and supervises the work of the members of the Program Support Team, and manages the Legal Network’s Resource Centre and publication distribution, office workspace, IT, and membership base. He also supports the needs of the Board of Directors, and oversees the logistical and administrative aspects of planning and implementing the Legal Network’s annual general meeting and other Legal Network workshops and forums. Terry is also the first contact for volunteers at the Legal Network.

 

* Management team