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The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, advocacy and litigation, public education and community mobilization. The Legal Network is Canada's leading advocacy organization working on the legal and human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS.

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Court of Appeal for Ontario to hear matter re patients' rights to accessible health care

Organizations are intervening in a landmark case before the Court of Appeal regarding whether doctors can put their personal religious beliefs ahead of patients' rights to health care.

January 22, 2019

June 14: End Unjust HIV Criminalization: A Community Dialogue

When: Thursday, June 14, 2018, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET

Join activists—people living with HIV, community organizations and human rights advocates—for a community dialogue about where the struggle goes from here.

May 29, 2018

Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act Wallet Cards Now Available

The #GoodSamLaw can protect you if you seek medical help in an overdose situation. New cards from @AIDSLAW and @DrugsWRCPC will help spread the word.

December 07, 2017

June 15: Rethinking Justice: 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

When: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., Toronto

Some of the themes this year: Current state of criminalization: Canada and the world, speaking out about the experience of HIV criminalization, and science of HIV transmission.

June 05, 2017

Health and human rights coalition applauds Supreme Court decision in drug-sentencing case

The coalition of interveners in the SCC case expressed the hope that this decision is "one more step towards ending Canada's harmful, punitive approach to drugs..."

April 15, 2016

June 19: 6th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

When: Friday, June 19, 2015, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET)

Where: The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

The symposium includes workshops on lessons from the HIV response for hepatitis C prevention and treatment, HIV criminalization, and better health through better drug policy.

June 04, 2015

Action required: Sign the statement to decriminalize sex work and tell officials that non-enforcement of the current legal regime will save lives

To have your organization sign the statement, e-mail your organization’s name by June 12. You are also encouraged to circulate the attached statement within your network.

May 25, 2015

Advocates Call on Provincial Leaders to Resist Deadly Law, End Violence Against Sex Workers

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network sent a letter to the Attorney General and the Ontario premier signed by 190 lawyers outlining their concerns that the new sex work law is unconstitutional.

December 18, 2014

No 'End to Aids' Without Human Rights: Canada's Top 5 Issues for World Aids Day 2014

The top 5 issues includes: Health and safety of sex workers; Drug policy, prisons and harm reduction; Criminalization of people living with HIV; HIV among Aboriginal people; and Pills for prevention.

December 01, 2014

Reckless Endangerment — Q&A on Bill C-36: Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

This document answers key questions about what changes Bill C-36 would make to the law if it were passed: What conduct related to sex work would be prohibited? In what circumstances? Who could be prosecuted?

June 27, 2014

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network needs your input

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is asking you to fill out their survey to share with them your ideas for a stronger Legal Network. The survey deadline is May 14.

April 30, 2014

April 24: HIV non-disclosure and sexual assault panel: What does consent really mean?

When: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: The Cat's Eye, Goldring Centre, 160 Charles St. W., Toronto

You are invited to a panel discussion on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure as sexual assault.

April 14, 2014

Health and human rights organizations applaud Supreme Court decision striking down unjust sex work laws

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and HALCO applaud the SCC decision to strike down three key provisions of Canada's prostitution laws.

December 20, 2013

June 13-14: 5th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights and 2013 Annual General Meeting

Date Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14, 2013

Place All events except "A conversation with Frank Mugisha" will take place at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 475 Yonge St. (between Wood St. and Alexander St.), Toronto

"Taking stock, taking action" is the title of the 5th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights in Toronto.

May 23, 2013

June 13-14: 5th Annual Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

Date Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14, 2013
Time Thursday, June 13 at 12:30 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2013 at 3 p.m. (EDT)
Place Courtyard Marriott, 475 Yonge St., Toronto

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network presents their 5th Annual Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights and 2013 AGM.

March 21, 2013

June 14: 4th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

Date Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where Churchill Room B, Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto

The symposium will include a full day of skills-building workshops on key issues impacting people living with HIV and front-line service providers.

May 10, 2012

October 18: Panel discussion on Safe Streets and Communities Act

Date October 18, 2011
Time 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West (Avenue and Bloor) 

Titled "Thrown Under the Omnibus: What you need to know about the Safe Streets and Communities Act," this panel features experts from the fields of law, harm reduction, prison, women, youth, and victims' rights who will discuss Bill C-10, the federal government's Safe Streets and Communities Act.

October 05, 2011

June 9-10: 3rd Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights, 'Litigating for Change'

Date June 9, 2011 to June 10, 2011
Where Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto

This symposium includes a free lecture by Alan Young on "Sex, Work, Rights: Making the case for sex workers' health and human rights" on June 9.

May 31, 2011

June 9-10: 3rd Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights: 'Litigating for Change'

Date June 9, 2011 to June 10, 2011
Where Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto

The symposium features skills-building workshops and panel discussions to provide delegates with an opportunity to learn about HIV-related legal and human rights issues, learn skills to advance human rights in response to HIV, and develop new partnerships and alliances.

April 18, 2011

June 11-12: 2nd Annual Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

Date June 11, 2010 to June 12, 2010
Time TBA
Where Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Toronto

The aim of the symposium is to stimulate dialogue and knowledge exchange between researchers, policy-makers, service providers, legal professionals, community organizations, and people living with HIV.

May 26, 2010