The Global Advisory Panel (GAP) is the HIV Justice Network’s international expert group comprising individuals working on HIV and intersectional criminalisations from all regions of the world. The GAP is not a traditional governance board with legal responsibilities for oversight, but rather a reference group to assist us deliver on our mission by:
- Providing feedback on our current work, activities and outputs.
- Being both a ‘critical friend’ as well as an ambassador for the ways that we are delivering on our mission, strategically and operationally.
- Assisting us with building strategic alliances towards the common goal of ending HIV-related criminalisation around the world.
Members have been selected on the basis that they have a) specific skills, interests, and knowledge of the issues that we work on, and how this intersects with other social justice issues and movements, and b) have indicated a willingness to serve for an initial period of two years (i.e. 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2021). Members of HJN’s Supervisory Board are also ex officio GAP members.
Jeffry Acaba is Programme Officer of APCASO and Co-ordinator of the Activists Coalition on TB – Asia Pacific (ACT! AP). Jeffry is also a board member of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), and a member of the WHO Civil Society Task Force on TB. Jeffry has more than a decade of experience in research, advocacy, and capacity strengthening of key populations, people living with HIV, TB survivors, and TB-affected communities. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in behavioural sciences from the University of the Philippines and post-graduate studies on Transnational History of Public Health in Southeast Asia from the University of Cambridge.
Elie Ballan is an HIV, LGBITQ and human rights activist who is currently consulting on regional community mobilisation with UNAIDS in the regional MENA office. He was formerly head of the LGBT Health Department (M-Coalition) at the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality. He is openly living with HIV, and has a background of cinema arts and marketing with 10 years of regional experience.. He is a public speaker, published author and programme designer on issues related to wellbeing, sexual health, HIV, chemsex and mental health for key populations in hostile settings.
In his 25 years as a judge, Edwin Cameron has served as judge of the High Court, a Justice at the Constitutional Court, a Judge of Appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal and, from 2008, a Justice of the Constitutional Court. He retired from the Constitutional Court in 2019. Before that, he was an anti-apartheid lawyer and LGBTI and HIV/AIDS activist, winning a number of awards including, in 2000, the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. He has written two prize-winning memoirs, Witness to AIDS (2005) and Justice: A personal account (2014). Since January 2020, he has served as the Inspecting Judge of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) tasked with protecting prisoners’ rights in South Africa.
Cecilia Chung is Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Evaluation of the Transgender Law Center, the largest transgender-led civil rights organisation in the United States. Cecilia is an internationally recognized leader in the transgender and PLHIV movements. In 2014, she founded Positively Trans, a national network of transgender people living with HIV in the U.S that focus on data collection, storytelling and advocacy. Cecilia currently serves as Board Chairperson of the Sero Project and is part of the inaugural advisory group of women living with HIV for the World Health Organization as well as contributing to, and being part of, many other volunteer networks and initiatives.
Ann Fordham is the Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC). She leads on international advocacy efforts on drug policy and human rights, calling for reform of laws and policies that failed to reduce the scale of the drug market and have negatively impacted vulnerable population groups such as people who use drugs and growers of illicit crops. Ann chairs the Strategic Advisory Group to the UN on drug use and HIV, and is regularly invited to comment on global drug policy issues in the media.
M. Alfredo González is a medical anthropologist who has worked on HIV, homelessness and mental illness in New York City, Santo Domingo and Rio de Janeiro. Since 2009 he has been undertaking action research with Afro-Central Americans living with HIV. Formerly Vice President of the Pan American Association of People Living with HIV, he has been an HIV activist since the late 80s, when he was a member of ACT UP/NY’s Latino Caucus and ACT UP Americas Committee, heading the international campaign supporting legal personality for the Comunidad Homosexual Argentina. He is currently working on HIV criminalisation issues with the Coalition of LGBTTIQ Organizations at the Organization of American States (OAS).
David Haerry has been a treatment writer and conference reporter since 1996. He co-authors a database on travel and residency restrictions for people living with HIV, www.hivtravel.org. In 2015, David became Secretary General for the Swiss Academic Foundation on Education in Infectious Diseases (SAFE-ID). From 2013 to 2016, he co-chaired the Patient and Consumer Working Party at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and has served the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) in various positions since 2004. David founded Positive Council Switzerland. He has been involved in HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) drug development since 2005. David has been living with HIV since 1986.
Julian Hows has been involved in HIV activism since the start of the epidemic in the UK. He started working in HIV (rather than just volunteering) in the 1990s – a few years after his HIV diagnosis – realising that he was not going to die, unlike so many of his friends and lovers. From 2010 to 2017 he worked at the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) being responsible for several programmes and ground breaking initiatives such as the Global Criminalisation Scan, the People Living with HIV Stigma Index, and the mapping of the barriers to testing and treatment in Europe. Julian now works as a freelance consultant, including with the HIV Justice Network, where he oversees the co-ordination of the Global Advisory Panel (GAP).
Jules Kim is a Korean/Australian sex worker and the CEO of Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, the peak national organisation that has been representing sex workers and sex worker organisations, collectives and projects throughout Australia since 1989. She is the Chairperson for the regional sex worker network, Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) and is the UN Program Coordinating Board (UNPCB) NGO Delegate for the Asia Pacific for 2019-2021. Jules represents sex workers on a number of government committees and advisory mechanisms and has provided testimony and expert advice to parliamentary hearings and inquiries in relation to sex work, migration, trafficking and law reform. She has over 20 years experience in sex work, sex worker advocacy, community development and representation.
Ron MacInnes has 25 years of experience promoting dialogue amongst key stakeholders in the HIV and health sectors, alongside developing new leadership and community engagement to successfully advocate for, develop, adopt, and implement HIV policies and provide high-quality services. As Deputy Director of the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (2010-2015), Ron provided oversight of the HIV portfolio, working with USAID, OGAC, and the CDC at global and country levels to synergise policy analysis and reform efforts. Currently as Technical Director of HIV and Health at Palladium International, Ron leads the diverse and complex HIV portfolio, operating globally, and in over 25 countries. Ron has been living with HIV since 1994.
Allan Maleche is the Executive Director of Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN). With his colleagues, he has litigated landmark cases that halted the forced sterilisation of women living with HIV, stopped the unjust use of public health concerns as a reason to incarcerate people living with TB, prevented the government of Kenya from making the names of children living with HIV available to the public and much more. He is a former member of the Global Fund Board representing the Developing Country NGO Delegation. Allan has over a decade of experience in promoting ethical, human rights-based approaches to health planning, programming and service delivery.
Alexander McClelland is Assistant Professor at the Carleton University Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. His work focuses on the intersections of life, law and disease, where he has developed a range of collaborative and interdisciplinary academic, activist, and artistic projects to address issues of criminalisation, sexual autonomy, data protection, policing, surveillance, drug liberation, and the construction of knowledge on HIV. Alexander is a founding member of the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization.
Robert Suttle is a recognised HIV racial justice leader with over 10 years of lived experience working at the intersections of the HIV movement and the U.S. criminalisation system, cultivating relationships with other cross-movement leaders, collectively advocating for meaningful involvement of communities most impacted, centering Black communities and communities of colour, connecting advocacy to decriminalise HIV to other movements around prisons, policing, and criminalisation.