Expression of Interest: Supporting accused, witnesses and those convicted in HIV criminalisation cases (HIV criminalisation survivors)

June 27, 2019

The HIV Justice Network (HJN) would like to hear from those interested in working with us to build a resource bank of articles, interviews, and reports describing the process of providing support to accused, witnesses and those who have been convicted in HIV criminalisation cases.

We are seeking input from:

  • Legal or community service providers who have ever provided support
  • Individuals who have sought and/or received support

Rationale

Our recent audit of HIV criminalisation literature has revealed a significant lack of resources detailing this type of work. We know it’s being done but it appears it’s not being documented. We hope that the production and collection of resources in this area will:

  • Increase understanding of the mechanics of different models of service provision so that this work can be undertaken by more organisations and services
  • Showcase positive outcomes of supportive interventions, motivating increased activity (and funding) in this area
  • Promote the excellent efforts of those doing this type of work, identifying expert contacts for those wishing to undertake similar work
  • Facilitate opportunity for HIV criminalisation survivors to describe their experiences, facilitating greater inclusivity and leadership in advocacy against HIV criminalisation

Process

HJN has developed a pro forma that may be useful for the development of short articles but we are happy to consider any structure you think would be most effective for describing your experience, including conducting key informant interviews that we will write up for your approval. We will also provide editing support and will assist with translation wherever possible.

Individuals and organisations will retain ownership of their material and the right to publish but we will seek your permission to include finished articles in the HIV Justice Toolkit(s).

Please get in touch if you would like to contribute to this project by emailing sally(at)hivjustice.net.