British-born writer and advocate, Edwin J Bernard, has been living with HIV since 1983. He began a career in journalism in 1985 and has been writing about HIV since 1987. Formerly an editor at NAM, Edwin has greatly contributed to global knowledge of HIV criminalisation, writing and speaking extensively on the issue including two books for NAM – Criminal HIV Transmission (2007) and HIV and the Criminal Law (2010).
Edwin founded the HIV Justice Network (HJN; under its former name HIV Action – the HIV Anti-Criminalisation Network) at the satellite meeting Criminalisation of HIV Exposure and Transmission: Global Extent, Impact and The Way Forward prior to the International AIDS Conference in Vienna in July 2010.
Edwin, who now lives in Amsterdam, was appointed to the HJN Management Board on 21 July 2017, and became its first Executive Director in October 2019. Edwin also serves as Global Co-ordinator of the HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE coalition.
Based in Australia, Sally Cameron has worked on issues relating to HIV, gender, community development and capacity building since the late 1980s. She worked for many years for the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and has also produced important HIV criminalisation-related publications for organisations including the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine, the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+).
Sally’s extensive international experience includes a focus on the Asia Pacific region that saw her undertaking projects for AusAID and other regional bodies. She has produced work on HIV-related stigma for organisations including UNAIDS and GNP+, has worked in policy analysis and programming in women’s services for both community sector and government, and has researched and delivered reports on human trafficking for the United Nations University, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Sally joined the HIV Justice Network (HJN) team in 2017. Her recent work at HJN has included co-authoring, with Edwin J Bernard, all three Advancing HIV Justice reports, developing the HIV Justice Toolkit, and co-ordinating The Expert Consensus Statement on the Science of HIV in the Context of Criminal Law.
Rebekah Webb has been an HIV activist and campaigner since 1996. In 2002 she co-founded the UK Campaign for Microbicides at the National AIDS Trust and was European Coordinator of the Global Campaign for Microbicides until 2009.
For the past decade, Rebekah has worked freelance on HIV, gender and SRHR supporting a range of leading international organisations including the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and AVAC with policy research, advocacy strategy, M&E and resource mobilisation.
Rebekah played a pivotal role in the development of the PrEP Access in Europe campaign and has led or co-authored many key policy reports and papers. From 2014 to 2018, Rebekah was a trustee of STOPAIDS, a network of over 70 leading UK NGOs and HIV organisations and an active member of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG).
A British national, Rebekah has considerable international experience, having lived and worked in the US, Ecuador, Belgium and the Emirates, in addition to her home country.
Rebekah joined the HIV Justice Network (HJN) team in 2019 supporting the Executive Director with managing the organisation as well as the Robert Carr Funded HIV Justice Global Consortium, which HJN has led since January 2019.
Sylvie Beaumont joined the HIV Justice Network team in April 2016. Based in France, Sylvie has been involved in HIV since the late 1980s when she started work as a volunteer to translate some of the vital information coming out of the English-speaking world into French. She joined NAM/aidsmap in the 1990s as International Editor and worked on the development of a multilingual platform aiming to facilitate networking and information sharing between HIV organisations across the world.
Since 2014, Sylvie has managed a variety of projects for ReShape, a London-based independent HIV think tank. She also works as a translator specialising in HIV and remains involved in the development of knowledge sharing and content distribution platforms on a variety of projects.
Julian Hows joined the HIV Justice Network (HJN) team in 2019. Julian has been involved in HIV activism since the start of the epidemic in the UK. His activism started at the age of 15 in the 1970s in the Gay Liberation Front and Brixton Faeries. He was part of London Gay Switchboard (now Switchboard) from the late 1970s for over 16 years. Julian was the vice chair and Head of Information during that time, as well as being an organiser of the first ILGA European regional conference to have a track dedicated to the response to HIV.
Julian started working in HIV (rather than just volunteering) in the 1990s – a few years after his HIV diagnosis – for Sigma Research, Gay Men Fighting AIDS and the UK Coalition of People Living with HIV (1999-2002), running a peer advocacy project. In this century, he has been a consultant for several organisations including the International Federation of the Red Cross, the World Health Organisation, and national governments. In the UK, he was worked as a consultant for the Home Office, as well as local and regional municipal health and government authorities.
Julian was responsible for the first ever systematic mapping of the criminalisation of HIV in 2005. 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 Criminalisation Scan, the People Living with HIV Stigma Index, and the mapping of the barriers to testing and treatment in Europe.
Sive Stofile joined the HJN team in January 2021 in a grants and compliance management role. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sive started her career working with biotechnology research grants and has extensive knowledge in the end-to-end process of managing grants from writing conceptual proposals and frameworks to MLE and identifying and addressing risks, challenges and opportunities central to the success of the investments. She has worked in grants management for several South African government agencies under the National Department of Science and Technology.
In addition, she has been involved in a project management role in various local NGOs focusing on youth development and child welfare. Sive has previous experience working on HIV and global health advocacy through her role as Grants manager for the International Civil Society Support (ICSS) and specifically through the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) where she still works on a part-time basis.
Nicholas Feustel is a filmmaker based in Germany, who has specialised in documentaries on health and human rights, with a particular focus on HIV-related issues. His films include the Adolf Grimme Award-nominated documentary, I Want To Live, Don’t I?, and PrEP17 – The coming of age of PrEP, for the UK-based advocacy group PrEPster.
Nicholas has been working with the HIV Justice Network (HJN) since 2010, when he produced the video for the satellite meeting Criminalisation of HIV Exposure and Transmission: Global Extent, Impact and The Way Forward held just prior to the International AIDS Conference in Vienna.
Nicholas continues to support HJN with his video advocacy expertise, overseeing livestreaming and the innovative webshow series, HIV Justice Live.