HIV Criminalization


The HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force, APLA Health and the LA Women’s PrEP Network invite you to attend our HIV Criminalization training.

AGENDA (click on the title to watch the presentation)

9:30 AM 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM 10:30 AM Overview of HIV Criminalization
10:30 AM 10:45 AM Open discussion / Q & A
10:45 AM 11:30 PM Privilege, Power-Dynamics & Identity: HIV in the Trump Era 
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Advocacy & Self Care: Working with Clients in SUD & MH Treatment
12:00 PM 12:15 PM Open discussion / Q & A
12:15 PM 1:15 PM LUNCH (on your own)
1:15 PM 1:45 PM Black, Male, & HIV+
1:45 PM 2:00 PM Open discussion / Q & A
2:00 PM 2:30 PM HIV Criminalization and Women
2:30 PM 2:45 PM Open discussion / Q & A
2:45 PM 3:00 PM Networking, post-test, sign out




SB 239 (Wiener & Gloria) CHCR Fact Sheet v.2-2-4

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altamed_wtagAlonso Bautista holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in LGBT-Affirmative Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. Alonso works full-time as the Supervisor of Mental Health Services and as a Mental Health Clinician at AltaMed Health Services providing psychotherapy to individuals, groups, couples and families who are living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS and serves as Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles. Alonso has worked in the field of HIV services for over 19 years and has worked primarily with the Latino and LGBTQ communities of LA and SD counties and currently serves as the chair of the LA County HIV Mental Health Task Force.

blossomLA LGBT CenterBlossom Brown is a trans-health advocate, HIV/AIDS Advocate, actress, motivational speaker and Greater Than AIDS Ambassador. She graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Education and is the very first trans woman of color to graduate from the university. She became better known in Season 1 of Caitlyn Jenner’s Docu-series “I Am Cait” and her appearance on the Ellen Show. She currently works as a Linkage to Care Coordinator/Prep Navigator at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

black aids instituteGerald Garth serves at Manager of Prevention and Care at Black AIDS Institute.  In his role, Gerald supervises the team’s behavioral interventions, HIV testing and linkage, communications, and evaluation.  He also leads the Institute’s faith and policy efforts.

black aids instituteLestian McNeal was born and raised in a small town in South Carolina. After a career in political and grassroots organizing, Lestian came to work at the Black AIDS Institute where he hopes to use his skills and knowledge to help end the epidemic in Black communities across the country.

logoGia Olaes is a Trans Responsiveness Coordinator at the Center for Health Justice. Actively creating change in the Trans Community and maintaining/updating policy, Gia is a part of the Transgender Service Provider Network and the Transgender Advisory Council. Her plan is to help mobilize the Trans Movement and work towards California being a model State which the rest of the country can emulate. For Gia, focus on individual clients and proper Gender Affirming care is of the utmost importance. Along with a background in care for foster children, Alzheimer’s patients, and Trans Identifying people, Gia is additionally involved with the Trans Chorus of LA and continues to support Trans Art with an emphasis on Taking Back Our Power.

black aids institutePercival Pandy, Jr. bio pending

Joshua Polk, Outreach Coordinator of the Black AIDS Institute, hails from Houston, TX.  With a background in healthcare, Joshua is excited to loan his knowledge and personal experience to the fight against HIV

actors fundJohn Riley received his MSW from California State University Los Angeles in 2011 and currently works as a social worker for the Actors Fund HIV Initiative and Disability programs. From August 2001 to September 2014 John worked for APLA as one of their Benefits Specialist in their Public Benefits Department. Prior to John’s work at APLA he worked for Project New Hope, another HIV/AIDS service provider as an administrator for their New Hope Learning Center, a return to work program collaboration between Project New Hope, the California Department of Rehabilitation and the L.A. Unified School District’s Adult Learning Program. John’s service to the HIV/AIDS community began in 1992 after the death of his partner of 16 years from AIDS. John first applied his advocacy skills by participating in HIV/AIDS Grassroots Advocacy groups through Being Alive Los Angeles, APLA and AIDS Services Center of Pasadena. John was actively involved with the L.A. County Commission on HIV/AIDS Services and the L.A. City Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS oversight committee. John participated in the formation and sustaining of the Southern California HIV/AIDS Advocacy Coalition and the California HIV/AIDS Advocacy Coalition, California AIDS Lobby Day and AIDSWatch annual lobbying events.

Williams-Institute-LogoHussain Turk is an attorney at the Los Angeles HIV Law & Policy Project, where he advocates for and empowers low-income people living with HIV. His practice focuses on immigration law, housing rights, employment and healthcare non-discrimination and increasing access to public benefits. Hussain graduated from UCLA School of Law (’16) where he completed a specialization in Critical Race Studies and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Islamic & Near Eastern Law. During law school, Hussain worked on HIV law and policy research as a Research Assistant at the Williams Institute. He also taught an intro-level undergraduate course on disability theories and the disability rights movement. He has spoken and written widely on HIV, sex work, race, religion, and sexuality. In March of 2017 he was awarded a public interest legal fellowship to support his work at LA HLP

aaeaaqaaaaaaaauraaaajduwnmuzytkylwy1mzutndhmmc1im2m1ltzhmjzkmdjinjeynwStacey Urauchi  is a Wellness Specialist at the Center for Health Justice. Stacey is passionate about ensuring quality healthcare for all. She serves as a Wellness Specialist with CHJ, providing health education, reentry counseling, STI testing, and resource connection for clients transitioning out of correctional custody environments and back into their neighborhoods. In her previous positions, Stacey designed and implemented programs addressing the health needs of various vulnerable populations throughout Santa Clara County. She received a BS in Pre-Medical Public Health Sciences from Santa Clara University where she served as a peer health educator and piloted a curriculum on the introduction of violence into the public health framework. She has conducted research analyzing the issues of mass incarceration and high rates of recidivism in the United States, as well as health inequality as a result of socioeconomic disparities.

Allison HeadshotEquality_California_logoAllison VanKuiken is one of Equality California’s two program directors, and focuses on advocacy, education, and mobilization campaigns, in addition to leadership development programming. Her 15-year career has spanned roles in higher education, the entertainment industry, corporate America, and the political realm. She is proudest of her work getting a diverse array of candidates elected to office, passing nondiscrimination ordinances, and preparing future leaders for public service. Allison is a proud member of the transgender community, a supportive spouse, and loving mother to a beautiful nine month baby girl. 

black aids instituteChristopher Wilson-Smith has held a number of positions in research and advocacy. Chris currently works as HIV/ Sexual Health Trainer/ Project Coordinator with ETR, Education, Training, and Research.

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