Archive for the ‘Justice/Civil Liberties’ Category

Maryland lawmaker cranks HIV-decriminalization gears with message bill

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

*This article has been updated to reflect a correction.

A Maryland lawmaker and a handful of local advocates have started the course to repeal the state’s HIV-specific criminal law, and if other states’ efforts are any indication, Maryland’s path will likely be a long and winding one. (more…)

Mich. HIV data collection violates intent of statute, says lawmaker who helped create law

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

LANSING, MICH. – Michigan’s health department is violating the legislative intent of an HIV-related statute – and maybe the law itself – by indefinitely collecting information on people who test for HIV at federally funded clinics, says a former state lawmaker, who helped pass sweeping health reforms in the wake of the AIDS epidemic. (more…)

Goal of UT parenting study was to influence SCOTUS decisions on gay marriage, docs show

Posted on: March 11th, 2013 by Sofia Resnick 4 Comments

UPDATE: This article has been updated to reflect a correction.

The conservative funders who bankrolled a flawed and widely cited academic study that’s critical of gay parenting* choreographed its release in time to influence “major decisions of the Supreme Court,” documents show. (more…)

DOJ investigates Denver for violating deaf prisoner rights

Posted on: March 6th, 2013 by The American Independent 1 Comment

This story was originally published by TAI affiliate The Colorado Independent.

The federal Justice Department is investigating Denver for failing to provide sign-language interpreters for deaf prisoners. Investigators are seeking to determine whether Denver – which touts itself as “one of America’s most accessible cities” — is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. (more…)

Mich. health dept. denies media access to training on controversial HIV database* UPDATE

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 4 Comments

This article has been updated, below the original story, to reflect that The American Independent has been authorized to attend Wednesday’s meeting.

LANSING, Mich. – Dozens of agencies and local health departments will be attending a mandatory meeting Wednesday in Lansing to review grant-fulfillment requirements related to HIV funding, but the media is not invited, or allowed. (more…)

Not-so-confidential HIV testing

Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 3 Comments

Since 2003, the Michigan Department of Community Health has been secretly collecting the names, dates of birth, risk categories, and other demographic information of people submitting for confidential HIV testing at grant-funded locations throughout the state and storing them in a massive database, a months-long investigation by The American Independent has discovered. (more…)

President’s AIDS council calls on feds to help states repeal HIV-criminalization laws

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 5 Comments

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) passed a resolution last week that calls for an end to federal and state HIV-specific criminal laws and prosecutions. (more…)

UT releases docs related to controversial parenting study

Posted on: February 1st, 2013 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

The University of Texas at Austin has begun releasing university records surrounding UT sociology professor Mark Regnerus’ controversial “New Family Structures Study,” following the Texas Office of the Attorney General’s recent ruling in favor of an American Independent records request. (more…)