The Philippines – Teaming up to provide Maternal Care post floods

  NORTHERN MINDANAO, Philippines -- In the midst of the severe flooding brought on by tropical storm Washi, Analiza Tumanda was resigned to the idea of giving birth on the rooftop of a neighbour’s house. But as raging floodwaters started sweeping away houses along the banks of Cagayan River, Analiza, her husband and their three children (ages 8, 6 and 3) were forced to flee, moving from one rooftop to anotheralong with neighbours. Although she was in her ninth month of pregnancy, she … [Read more...]

MARCH 2012 – IF THE MEDIA CALLS …

IF THE MEDIA CALLS ... A GUIDE FOR CRIME VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS     We are proud to announce the availability of this new bilingual publication (March 2012) which provides victims with information about the focus of media; the impact of media on victims; the risks/benefits of speaking to the media; modern technology; tips for interacting with the media and high-profile cases.   The booklet may be used as a handout by police, victim services staff, NGOs and others who … [Read more...]

NHAS Celebrates Progress at One-Year Anniversary!

National HIV/AIDS Strategy  Celebrates One-Year Anniversary!   On the eve of the first anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), representatives of the six federal agencies tasked by the President with lead responsibility for implementing NHAS gathered for one of our regular meetings and shared updates on implementation progress. Chairing the meeting, the Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh, praised the participants for the progress being made within and across … [Read more...]

Allison Nichol, JD: Illegal Exclusion of Individuals with HIV/AIDS

Justice Department Issues Letter Regarding Illegal Exclusion of Individuals with HIV/AIDS from Occupational Training and State Licensing Allison Nichol, U.S. DOJ The Justice Department has issued letters to the attorneys general of all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories to request their assistance in addressing the illegal exclusion of individuals with HIV/AIDS from occupational training and state licensing. Persons with HIV and persons with AIDS are covered by the … [Read more...]

The STIGMA must Stop with HIV/AIDS

It is a Civil Right to Live Free from Discrimination on the Basis of HIV/AIDS Status When the Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, Jr., signed the Justice Department’s operational plan (PDF 354 KB) for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, he underscored the Department’s leadership role in eradicating discrimination against those living with HIV/AIDS. The Civil Rights Division has significant enforcement authority over the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the … [Read more...]

President Obama's FY 2012 Budget – '… the National HIV/AIDS Strategy'

    Agency Operational Plans and the President’s FY 2012 Budget Highlight Our Continued Efforts to Implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy       One of the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy was to refocus existing efforts and deliver better results to the American people within current funding levels, as well as make the case for new investments. The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is excited to share some of the progress the Obama Administration has made over the last few … [Read more...]

ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: Human Trafficking

    HUMAN TRAFFICKING   This is No Game I was shocked to learn that the Super Bowl is a magnet for sex trade. Apparently it is one of the biggest human trafficking events in the United States. I thought this sort of thing happened in countries where poverty is widespread. While most of America is looking forward to watching to the showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, under-age girls are lured into the dangerous world of the multimillion dollar sex trade industry. … [Read more...]

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