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Connection, Care, Community

Drug policy affects the health of queer people and communities. The health of queer people who use drugs must not be overlooked in our fight for sensible drug policy. And 2SLGBTQ+ rights organizations must not ignore the rights and health of queer people who use drugs. Our new resources aim to raise awareness and build … Read more

Backgrounder: The HIV Legal Network and the Caribbean

As a region, the Caribbean has the second-highest HIV prevalence rate in the world, after sub-Saharan Africa. UNAIDS and regional and national agencies have long identified homophobia as a factor contributing to this startling statistic. The legal and social environment varies significantly across the region, as does community organizing to defend and advance the human … Read more

How to Innovate in an Emergency

This paper examines the legal and policy measures needed to scale up safe supply at supervised consumption services in Canada.    

Rapid Q&A – An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 16, 2024

Rapid Q&A prepared by the HIV Legal Network on May 7, 2024.

Submission to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD):

Joint submission by the HIV Legal Network and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Secretariat of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) regarding increasing calls in Canada for involuntary care and detention of people who use drugs.

SCALING UP SUPERVISED CONSUMPTION SERVICES: WHAT HAS CHANGED IN CANADA?

In a report released in 2019, the HIV Legal Network explored the state of SCS in Canada in the previous year, described and analyzed legal and policy developments related to SCS implementation since their first inception, identified barriers and facilitators faced by current and future SCS operators, and formulated a series of recommendations primarily targeting the … Read more

Know Your Rights – HIV CRiminalization

This guide was prepared by the HIV Legal Network to answer some common questions about HIV disclosure and the criminal law in Canada. This guide gives you legal information, not legal advice — the difference between the two is important.

THE Right TO Care – HEPATITIS C AMONG PRIORITY POPULATIONS IN CANADA

A human rights approach is essential to eliminating HCV as a public health threat, and capturing the social, cultural, economic, and other barriers to the enjoyment of rights, including the right to health. This approach also provides a mechanism to hold governments accountable to their human rights promises.  

ACB Legal Resources

This brochure was prepared by the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), HIV Legal Network, African Caribbean Council on HIV/ AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO), Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA), and Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP). It will provide you with important information about the law in Canada. If you need legal advice, … Read more

Towards Access for All: Best and Promising Practices from Low-Barrier, Harm Reduction Shelters in Canada

On September 21, 2023, the HIV Legal Network hosted the “Violence Against Women (VAW) Shelter Harm Reduction Roundtable” in Toronto, Ontario. The Legal Network invited front-line staff, directors, and peers from VAW shelters, emergency shelters, and transition houses across Canada. Our goal was to learn from these shelters and transition houses, which are engaged in … Read more

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Media Release – New Report from HIV Legal Network Examines Legal and Policy Barriers to Supervised Consumption Services in Canada

With supervised consumption services under attack in Canada, this report details an evidence-based response to scaling up life-saving services for people who use drugs For immediate release Thursday, May 30, 2024 — Toronto — The HIV Legal Network is sharing new evidence that underfunding and the strict regulations imposed on supervised consumption services (SCS) are … Read more

Press Release: Sex Workers Denied Day in Court: The Injustice of Litigating Sex Work Law Without Sex Workers

May 28, 2024 – For immediate release – The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected sex workers’ request to intervene and participate in Kloubakov v Canada, a case concerning the constitutionality of sex work laws based on sex workers’ Charter rights. The Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform (CASWLR) is a coalition of 23 … Read more

Media Release – Grieving mother urges honesty and action at federal toxic drug crisis committee

Ottawa, ON | April 29, 2024 – On the eve of the tenth anniversary of her son Danny’s death from unregulated drugs, Petra Schulz, co-founder of Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH), will testify before the federal Standing Committee on Health (HESA) today on the “Opioid Epidemic and Toxic Drug Crisis.” Since MSTH’s founding in 2016, … Read more

Major victory for LGBTQ+ rights in Dominica

Today, in a major win for human rights — and LGBTQ+ rights, in particular —, the High Court of Justice in Dominica struck down two sections of the country’s Sexual Offences Act (SOA) that criminalize same-sex intimacy. This welcome decision in the constitutional challenge, launched by a gay man who must remain anonymous for his … Read more

Statement – Challenging the constitutionality of Canada’s “excessive demand” regime in federal court.

The HIV Legal Network and a client of Battista Migration Law Group are challenging the constitutionality of Canada’s “excessive demand” regime in federal court. On February 2, 2024, we filed legal arguments and materials challenging the decision of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to deny a work permit based on an applicant’s HIV status. … Read more

MEDIA RELEASE: TODAY MARKS INTERNATIONAL HIV IS NOT A CRIME AWARENESS DAY. PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV IN CANADA DESERVE BETTER.

TODAY MARKS INTERNATIONAL HIV IS NOT A CRIME AWARENESS DAY. PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV IN CANADA DESERVE BETTER. The Government of Canada has long promised law reform in this country. Why are we still waiting? For immediate release The following can be attributed to the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization Wednesday, February 28, 2024 … Read more

National Organizations Deeply Concerned with Saskatchewan’s Health Policy Shift

People who use drugs will suffer the consequences of backward-thinking and restrictive policies January 26, 2024 | Two leading national human rights organizations have addressed the Saskatchewan provincial government to express profound concern over changes that restrict access to vital harm reduction supplies and safety information. The HIV Legal Network and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition sent the … Read more

More than 130 experts in substance use call on Federal Government to continue to support and scale-up Safer Supply Programs

Amidst worsening drug poisoning crisis, Canada must show leadership to stop the deaths For immediate release, Thursday, December 14, 2023 – As funding for 21 currently operating safer supply programs across Canada is set to end in March 2024, 131 Canadian experts in substance use – including researchers, front-line physicians and nurse practitioners working directly … Read more

JAMAICAN-CANADIAN ACTIVIST APPEALS COURT DECISION, WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK JUSTICE IN JAMAICA FOR LGBTQ+ PEOPLE

The following statement is issued by the HIV Legal Network and should be attributed to Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaican-Canadian activist, lawyer, and nurse. December 8, 2023 – Kingston, Canada – Today, I filed my notice to appeal the October 27th decision of the Supreme Court of Jamaica, a decision that threatened to end my quest for … Read more

THIS WORLD AIDS DAY, THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA MUST ACT TO END THE HARMS OF HIV CRIMINALIZATION

Law reform has long been promised; the time for change is now Thursday, November 30, 2023 – Toronto – Tomorrow, World AIDS Day, marks nearly a year that people living with HIV in Canada have been waiting for the Government of Canada to take decisive action following national, government-led consultations on reforming the criminalization of … Read more

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