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Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director highlights the utility of using human rights law in U.S. courts in recent ABA AIDS Coordinating Committee Meeting


Lauren Bartlett, Director of the Local Human Rights Lawyering Project at the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law recently spoke at a roundtable discussion among American Bar Association AIDS Coordinating Committee members and colleagues from the legal services and advocacy communities.

The meeting centered on issues of shared concern, with particular focus on identifying and addressing the needs of women with HIV, access to HIV legal services, the ABA’s potential influence on domestic and international HIV policy agendas, and how the ABA could address these issues more effectively. Bartlett’s participation emphasized the utility of using human rights law arguments in HIV/AIDS-related cases in U.S. courts.

In addition to ABA Aids Coordinating Committee members, participants included Margaret Drew, from the ABA Commission of Domestic & Sexual Violence; Ann Fisher, from the Commission on Homelessness & Poverty and Executive Director of AIDS Legal Council of Chicago; and Rebecca Schleifer, Advocacy Director in the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch.