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Hospital settles discrimination complaint with HIV-positive woman
A Montgomery County hospital has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a claim brought by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania on behalf of a woman who said she was denied medical treatment because she is HIV positive. Click here for the full story.
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A Victory in the Fight Against HIV Criminalization
After a 19-month nightmare of facing criminal charges, possible imprisonment, and almost losing her job, a 25-year-old Pennsylvania woman has emerged victorious after striking a blow in the fight against HIV criminalization.
Julie Graham, a licensed practical nurse from Lebanon County, was charged with four crimes, including two felonies, based on allegations by a man she had dated who claimed she had not disclosed her HIV status. The man who made the complaint against her did not contract HIV. Click here for the full story.
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania Expands to South New Jersey
To ensure that people with HIV and AIDS in South Jersey have access to free legal services, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania announced effective March 1 that it has expanded into the region, creating the AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey.
The program that previously provided those services faced an uncertain future when All About Hope, which administered it, recently closed its doors, a prospect that alarmed AIDS advocates.
The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania created the program in South Jersey in the mid 1990s and maintained a relationship with it through the years.
This month, the relationship rises to a new level as the New Jersey program comes under the umbrella of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. The expansion brings considerable additional firepower to South Jersey, with the AIDS Law Project’s 26 years of experience in HIV and AIDS legal issues and its nationally recognized team of staff attorneys, paralegals, support staff and volunteer attorneys.
“Free legal services for people with HIV and AIDS are vital and we wanted to be sure they continued in South Jersey,” said Ronda B. Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania.
Charlotte Hollander, Senior Staff Attorney for the AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey, said she is excited about the expansion. She will continue to work out of offices at Kennedy Health System’s HIV/AIDS Clinic in Voorhees and Cooper Health System’s Early Intervention Program in Camden.
Hollander said housing legal services in a health care clinic has great advantages for clients, offering them one-stop shopping for their needs.
“There’s a tremendous need in South Jersey,” Hollander said. “The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania has resources that I didn’t have before.”
The South Jersey office will work on legal issues including public and private benefits, discrimination, housing and utilities, medical confidentiality and financial matters. Bilingual services also will be available in South Jersey.
Pam Gorman, administrative director at the Cooper program, described the legal services as “invaluable” and was a strong supporter of making sure the organization survived.
“I’m thrilled that these services are continuing,” Gorman said. For more information about the AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey, click HERE.
The AIDS Law Project has been busy protecting Pennsylvanians living with HIV and AIDS. Click here for some recent victories.