Meet Our Staff

André Capretti

André Capretti

Since joining the HIV Legal Network staff in October 2022, André has taken on a variety of work on HIV-related human rights issues, including in relation to Indigenous peoples, 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.

Cécile Kazatchkine

Cécile Kazatchkine, (she/her) Senior Policy Analyst

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*

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

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*

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.

 

Maurice Tomlinson, (he/him) LGBTQ Rights Consultant

Maurice joined the Legal Network staff in February 2015.

At the Legal Network, Maurice acts as counsel and/or claimant in cases challenging anti-gay laws before the most senior tribunals in the Caribbean, authors reports to regional and UN agencies on the human rights situation for LGBTI people in this region, conducts judicial and police LGBTI- and HIV-sensitization trainings, and facilitates human rights documentation and advocacy capacity-building exercises.

Megan Long

Megan Long, (she/her) Communications Specialist

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

Mikhail joined the Legal Network staff in September 2010.

At the Legal Network, Mikhail leads our research and advocacy work in Russian-speaking countries, with a particular focus on drug policy issues. He has been involved extensively in building the capacity of community legal workers in Russia and continues to provide assistance 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 Committee. He has authored several publications on civil litigation issues in Russia.

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*

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*

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.

Zinat Sultana

Zinat Sultana, (she/her) Program Support Assistant

Zinat joined the Legal Network in 2022 as the Program Support Assistant. In this role, Zinat uses her administrative and social work background to help keep the office running smoothly and efficiently. Whether she’s monitoring media articles for relevant coverage, organizing physical files, or helping maintain supplies, Zinat approaches her work with a pleasant attitude and a willingness to make a positive difference for the Legal Network. Her attention to detail also comes in handy when she’s updating our donor database. A naturally ambitious and outgoing person, Zinat is currently taking her thirst for adventure with her as she continues her studies at George Brown College.

* Management team