Barry D Adam is University Professor of Sociology at the University of Windsor, and Senior Scientist and Director of Prevention Research at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. Coming to HIV work with an extensive research record on the dynamics of domination and empowerment, LGBT studies, HIV prevention, and issues of living with HIV, he recently completed a major study of Impacts of Criminalization on People Living with HIV in Ontario. Some of his current projects investigate: HIV prevention and sexual health program for HIV-positive men; HIV vulnerability among Spanish and Portuguese speaking men; and the sexual health needs of transmen. He also leads a multidisciplinary collaborative partnership combining molecular epidemiology, sociology, and clinical practice to bring multiple tools to bear on advancing HIV prevention.
Edwin J Bernard
Edwin Bernard is the co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network. British-born writer and advocate, he 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, he has greatly contributed to global knowledge of HIV criminalisation, writing extensively on the issue including two books for NAM – ‘Criminal HIV Transmission’ (2007) and ‘HIV and the Criminal Law’ (2010). More recently he has worked as a consultant for UNAIDS on its forthcoming updated guidance on HIV and the criminal law, and for GNP+ on the Global Criminalisation Scan and the framework for ‘Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention’.
Since 2007 he has been documenting and analyzing laws, law enforcement, access to justice and advocacy developments in his blog, criminalhivtransmission.blogspot.com. In 2010, he launched the HIV Justice Network, an international network of advocates working to mitigate the harm of inappropriate HIV criminalisation, for which he serves as co-ordinator. In November 2012, Edwin launched the new HIV Justice Network website, http://www.hivjustice.net, which now incorporates his blog. Recent HIV Justice Network projects include: i) the Oslo Declaration on HIV Criminalisation (www.hivjustice.net/oslo) which, to date, has more than 1650 supporters in 117 countries; ii) the educational and advocacy video, ‘Doing HIV Justice: Clarifying criminal law and policy through prosecutorial guidance (www.hivjustice.net/video/doing-hiv-justice); iii) co-ordinating the European AIDS Treatment Group’s one-day seminar on HIV criminalisation co-organised with Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe (DAH), the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and HIV in Europe. (vimeo.com/album/2122809); iv) the forthcoming report, Advancing HIV Justice, with GNP+, which not only highlights legal and policy developments, but the growing number of advocacy initiatives and successes against HIV criminalisation.
Jonathan Glenn Betteridge
For over a decade and a half, Glenn has worked in law, human rights and health. As a practicing lawyer in Ontario community legal clinics, including the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, he provided legal advice and representation, conducted public legal education and participated in law reform campaigns. He used the knowledge and experience gained working with socially marginalized people to inform his work as a senior policy analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, a global leader in HIV/AIDS, law and human rights.
Glenn has led research projects and consultations, researched and wrote a wide range of documents, and engaged in advocacy campaigns—on a range of HIV-related issues, including prisons, criminal law, public health law, HIV testing, privacy and confidentiality, sex work, and income security programs. He also had the opportunity to undertake capacity-building and technical assistance among NGOs, health professionals, public health authorities and lawyers in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.
Since 2007 Glenn has worked as a consultant at the intersection of law, health and human rights, with a focus on the criminalization of HIV and its public health and community impact.
Dr. Calzavara, a sociologist with a doctorate from the University of Toronto, is currently a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Deputy-Director of the Social, Behavioural and Epidemiological Studies. She is also Director of the CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention (SRC), a Canadian interdisciplinary network of social researchers, community leaders, public health practitioners and policy makers committed to advancing HIV prevention efforts. Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure is one of the SRC’s research themes.
Since 1984, she has led large, multi-disciplinary studies in Canada, Russia and China. Her research utilizes a social- structural framework to examine risk, incident infections and effectiveness of interventions among those living with HIV, drugs users, gay/bisexual/MSM, prisoners, migrant populations, Aboriginals and ACB communities. She has played a leadership role in policy and planning, serving as Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee for AIDS 2006, CAHR President, Co-Chair of Ministerial Council, member of CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Advisory Committee. In recognition of her contributions, she has received numerous awards including: SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Health Canada National Health Research Scholar Award, Robin Badgley Excellence in Teaching, Anthony Miller Research Excellence Award, John Hastings Excellence in Service, and the Mark Wainberg Lecture.
Joanne Csete is senior program officer in the Global Drug Policy Program of the Open Society Foundation. She was previously associate professor of public health, focusing on health and human rights, at Columbia University and also on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She was the founding director of the HIV Program, now Health and Human Rights Program, at Human Rights Watch and the executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. She held senior positions in UNICEF, including in the regional office in Nairobi, and worked in Africa for over ten years. She holds a PhD from Cornell University, a master’s in public health from Columbia, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton.
Dr. Catherine Dodds is a Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a senior researcher at Sigma Research. She has been undertaking research in the field of HIV prevention for over 13 years and specialises in tailor-made research dissemination for diverse audiences. Her doctoral research explored communication of notions of responsibility through prevention policies. She has extensive qualitative research experience into the interaction between social inequality and HIV prevention need among homosexually active men, and among African migrants to the UK. She has undertaken research and evaluation for a range of funders including Local Authorities, NHS commissioners and third sector HIV services. Catherine is also recognised internationally for her expertise in criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission. Publications in this area include journal articles on responses to prosecutions among people with diagnosed HIV, MSM with diagnosed HIV and among MSM more broadly. Catherine was co-investigator on a recent qualitative study into the impact of criminal prosecutions on the provision of HIV services in England and Wales. For a full publication listing please see: http://www.sigmaresearch.org.uk/go.php?/staff/catherinedodds
Martin French is a postdoctoral research fellow studying the social dimensions of technology with an empirical focus on communications and information technology in the public-health and medical-care sectors. At a pragmatic, everyday level, his research program involves forging partnerships that span government, academic, and community-based organizations, and using these partnerships to mobilize innovative best-practices through the creation of evidence-informed policy. From 2010-2012, Martin held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship with the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada, and in 2011 he was appointed visiting fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, Australia. His dissertation, entitled Picturing Public Health Surveillance, examines transformations in Ontario’s public health information ecology following the 2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Martin is currently working on a book that examines the impact of criminalization on HIV testing, counselling, and surveillance.
Dr. Galletly is an attorney and a social scientist. Her research applies empirical methods to guide the development of sound law and policy on critical issues at the intersection of individual behavior and the public health. She has addressed topics including sexual health, prison rape, HIV seropositive status disclosure, stigma, and the assessment of structural-level HIV prevention interventions. Her research is multimodal, making use of quantitative and qualitative analytic methods and findings as well as computer and analytic modeling. Dr. Galletly is an Associate Professor at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is an NIH-funded investigator whose work has been published in a variety of noteworthy scholarly journals including American Journal of Public Health, AIDS & Behavior, and International Journal of STDs and AIDS. Currently, she is applying her skills to explore the impact of real and perceived immigration law on the HIV-related health behaviors of Latino immigrants in the Southern US. She is also part of a project team that will develop, implement, and evaluate a community-level intervention to prevent dating violence and model healthy relationships among LGBT youth in Wisconsin. Dr. Galletly is the Associate Director of CAIR’s NRSA post-doctoral training program, which prepares doctoral graduates, many of whom are from groups disproportionately impacted by the US HIV epidemic, to begin careers as successful HIV prevention researchers.
Daniel Grace (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UBC, Faculty of Medicine) is a sociologist and health inequities scholar whose research interests include global health, HIV/AIDS, legislative reform processes and critical policy analysis. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow as part of a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) funded multidisciplinary investigation exploring the use of new HIV testing technologies for the early detection and response among gay men in Vancouver. Daniel recently completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of Victoria, Canada (2012). In his doctoral research he examines the text-mediated processes by which many HIV-related laws are becoming created transnationally though the use of omnibus HIV ‘model laws’. He has held a number of scholarships and fellowships to support his research including, a Canadian Graduate Scholarship (CGS) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (2007-2010), a Global Health Fellowship through Duke University (2010) and a CIHR Doctoral Training Fellowship held at the Institute on Intersectionality Research and Policy (IIRP), Simon Fraser University (2010-2012).
Trevor Hoppe is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. His dissertation, “From Badness to Sickness: Enforcing Michigan HIV Law as a Site of Social Control,” examines the application of criminal and civil laws in Michigan that regulate the behavior of HIV-positive individuals. His research has been published in “Social Problems” and “Sexualities. ”He holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and a MA in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University.
Zita Lazzarini is a public health lawyer and ethicist who directs the Division of Public Health Law & Bioethics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Much of her research and scholarly focus has been on how laws and the legal system impact individual and public health. This has included prior studies related to criminalization of HIV exposure/transmission, the impact of implementation and enforcement of drug control laws on HIV prevention efforts, and the role of law as a structural determinant of health. She has also studied the public health information system in the US, implications of the relationship between human rights and health, and specific projects examining the regulatory system for human subjects protection. She is a graduate of University of California Berkeley, received her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her public health degree from Harvard School of Public Health
Patrick is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Ottawa. His field of research and clinical practice is public health. In particular, Dr. O’Byrne focuses on sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and the public health and HIV prevention outcomes of criminal prosecutions against people living with HIV. As part of this work, Dr. O’Byrne has been involved in various Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) funded projects involving marginalized populations, such as, men who have sex with men (gay, bisexual, queer men), teens, swingers, and the homeless. Dr. O’Byrne has received a Governor General’s Medal for this work. Dr. O’Byrne is also the recipient of an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation (Government of Ontario).
Provincial Harm Reduction Supervisor, Calgary
Population & Public Health, Alberta Health Service
Barbara has worked in the field of Public Health and HIV since the mid eighties, primarily in UK and the last 10 years in Canada. Her duties have ranged from Palliative Care Nurse for HIV positive heroin injectors choosing to die at home to Outreach Needle Exchange Co-ordinator in the Scottish Highlands. Barbara currently leads a team of Community Health Nurses, Social Workers and Outreach Works in Calgary that targets “hard to reach”, high risk populations with complex health and social needs. In addition to the Safeworks Outreach Program, the Harm Reduction Team includes Designate Nurses (to the Medical Officer of Health) for HIV and Hepatitis C, the Post Exposure Prophylaxis Program (PEP) and (2) unique Community Based Residential Projects for HIV positive individuals who have been reported to the Medial Officer of Health and assessed as “unable” to refrain from high risk activities.
Chris Sanders is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at York University. His interests are in medical sociology, public health, HIV/AIDS, and mixed methodology. He has researched the use of online health technology, initiatives to integrate HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Canada, and conducted media analyses of the portrayal of people living with HIV/AIDS. His current research investigates if and how criminalizing HIV non-disclosure influences the daily work practices of frontline public health nurses who counsel HIV-positive clients about risk behavior and their legal obligation to disclose serostatus. He has authored or co-authored articles in AIDS Care, International Journal of Public Health, Armed Forces & Society, and Culture, Health & Sexuality. He is also co-editor (with K. Robson) of Quantifying Theory: Pierre Bourdieu.
Laurel Sprague is the Regional Coordinator for the Global Network of People Living with HIV, North America (GNP+NA) and the Research Director for The SERO Project. Laurel has worked in the field of HIV since 1991 in the areas of prevention, community planning, advocacy, education, and research. She currently works primarily with grassroots and community-based organizations to support participative, community-based research projects and to conduct qualitative and quantitative program evaluations. Laurel has worked on the PLHIV Stigma Index in countries in North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. She has assisted the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation in research and analysis on HIV stigma, discrimination, and criminalization and has published papers and reports on workplace discrimination and barriers to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. She is a member of the Stigma Indicator Working Group convened by UNAIDS, the Stigma in Healthcare Settings Working Group convened by the Health Policy Project and USAID, and the National Working Positive Coalition, a collaborative of researchers, advocates, and people living with HIV who use research and advocacy to improve sustainable employment and the financial well-being of people living with HIV. Laurel teaches Political Theory at Eastern Michigan University and is a PhD candidate at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her research focuses on global civil society, democratic processes, and the resilience and resistance of marginalized peoples, particularly when faced with stigma and discrimination, criminalization, and human rights abuses.
Roberta K. Timothy
For over 20 years Roberta has worked utilizing anti-oppression approaches as a researcher, community organizer, professor, therapist, trainer, group facilitator, and clinical supervisor in community and educational settings, and in private practice. Roberta’s areas of interest include the practice, research, and knowledge translation of Anti-Oppression/anti-colonial research methodology and anti-oppression psychotherapy, anti-oppression political economy, critical expressive arts therapy, trauma and transgenerational violence; work culture and organizational change, Resistance Education, and Creative Resistance. Roberta holds a B.A. in Political Sciences, Sociology and International Justice and Human Rights; two Masters in Political Sciences and Counselling Psychology, and a Doctorate in Adult Education, Community Development, and Gender Studies. She is currently finishing a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship focusing on the the impact of criminalization of non-disclosure of HIV positive on racialized communities, in the department of Human Development and Applied Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto.