Sero is a network of people with HIV and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice. Sero is particularly focused on ending inappropriate criminal prosecutions of people with HIV, including for non-disclosure of their HIV status, potential or perceived HIV exposure or HIV transmission.
Sero’s HIV criminalization work includes raising public awareness through community education efforts and outreach to mobilize and advocate for reform. Sero supports and has facilitated the creation of a network of people living with HIV who have been criminalized, so they can speak first-hand about the effects of criminalization on their lives. By engaging and empowering those most directly affected to advocate on their own behalf and share their compelling personal stories, we help build a growing grassroots movement to mobilize the advocacy necessary to end HIV criminalization and promote a human rights-based approach to end the HIV epidemic.
Sero also produces the biennial HIV is Not a Crime national conference and training academy on HIV criminalization, sponsors the Network Empowerment Project and works with a network of currently and formerly incarcerated people living with HIV to produce a health and wellness resource guide for those living with HIV and/or hepatitis who are incarcerated.
Sean Strub – Executive Director
Robert Suttle – Assistant Director
Tami Haught – Organizing and Training Coordinator
Cindy Stine – Project Coordinator
Ken Pinkela – Communications and Military Policy Director
Kamaria – Sero Florida Community Organizer
Allison J. Nichol- Legal and Policy Counsel
During her tenure, she served as the Department’s long-time expert on HIV law and policy, overseeing all HIV litigation and representing the Department on the federal working group on the National Strategy on HIV/AIDS and the federal working group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS. Violence against Women and Girls and Gender-Related Health Disparities. She wrote the Division’s policy guidance, United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Best Practices Guide to Reform HIV-Specific Criminal Laws to Align with Scientifically-Supported Factors www.aids.gov, and co-authored Prevalence and Public Health Implications of State Laws that Criminalize Potential HIV Exposure in the United States, AIDS and Behavior, March 2014. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10461-014-0724-0
While serving the Division, she co-founded the Division’s LGBTQI working group and was the recipient of the James R. Douglas Award, for work on behalf of the HIV community from DOJ Pride, the Department’s internal LGBTQI employee organization. In 2012, she was a member of the group that received the Attorney General’s Award for Equal Employment Opportunity, the Department’s highest award for performance in support of the Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity program and in 2016 was privileged to be awarded the Alexander D. Forger Award for achievement on behalf of the HIV communities by the American Bar Association’s AIDS Coordinating Committee.
The Sero Project's Board of Director's
Cecilia Chung – Board Chairperson
In 2002, she joined the Board of the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and currently consults with them on an innovative mobile HIV testing project for transgender youth. In 2004, as a founding producer of Trans March, she helped organize one of the world’s largest annual transgender events which has since been replicated in cities across the U.S. In 2005, she became the first Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center and is widely credited with shaping the organization’s mission and programs. In 2013, Cecilia was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. In 2015, Cecilia launched Positively Trans, a national, constituents-led project that focus on policy advocacy and leadership development of transgender people living with HIV, especially transgender women of color.
Sean Strub – Board President
Robert Suttle – Board Secretary
Tami Haught – Board Treasurer
Xavier Morales – Board Member
The Sero Project’s Board of Directors
Robert Suttle (New York, NY) - Secretary
Tami Haught (Nashua, IA) - Treasurer
Xavier Morales (Milford, PA)
Cecilia C. Chung (San Francisco, CA)
Kerry Thomas (Boise, ID)