An effort to repeal or modernize HIV criminalization statutes in any given state is likely to take several years of educating and organizing before legislation is even introduced.

The educational and organizing effort typically includes people living with HIV (PLHIV), HIV service providers, individuals from key populations at risk of acquiring HIV, criminal justice system reform and public health policy experts, faith leaders, allies in racial and social justice movements and, of course, elected and appointed government officials.

One important goal is to find a legislative champion in each state to work with community advocates and public health and legal policy experts to make each state’s laws consistent with best public health practice.

There are many ways a supportive legislator can help advance this process. To learn more, click the View Resource button below.