Prosecuting HIV: Is it a crime to have sex without disclosing? public roundtable discussion will take place:
Friday February 3rd, 2017, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Canadiana Gallery – Room 160, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Toronto, Ontario
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that when HIV+ people do not disclose their status to sex partners they are committing a serious crime (often, aggravated sexual assault) if there is a realistic possibility of HIV transmission. Many HIV+ people have been prosecuted and jailed even if their sex partners did not contract HIV. Efforts are now underway to use prosecutorial guidelines and other tools to make Canada’s criminal law less punitive towards HIV+ people, and updated information on these efforts will be presented at the panel.
Roundtable Panelists will include:
- Maureen Owino, Director, Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment
- Ryan Peck, Executive Director, HIV&AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)
- Amy Swiffen, Sociology Department, Concordia University, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies
- Chris Tatham, Sociology Department, University of Toronto
The Panel Moderator is Audrey Macklin, Director, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies.
All are welcome to attend.
The event poster is available as a pdf on our website: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HIV-disclosure-public-roundtable-2017Feb3.pdf.
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