Immigration status, race/ethnicity, HIV and the criminal law in Canada

Seeking participants for a research study

HALCO is one of the civil society partners for this important research study. Other civil society partners are the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO), and the Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN).

The project aims to explore and understand the intersection of immigration status and racialization related to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada. It asks: What is the significance of immigration status and racialization for the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada?

This research is being conducted by a team of researchers lead by Dr. Laura Bisaillon of the University of Toronto Scarborough. The researchers would like to interview two groups of people:

a) Individuals who identify as non-white or of colour and who have faced criminal charges relating to their HIV status, and who might or might not be in Canada; and/or

b) Community workers and service providers who have experience working with the people listed above (AIDS service organization personnel, other community group personnel, lawyers in legal clinics and private practice, public health personnel, etc.).

Confidential interviews will take about one hour, and will be arranged at a mutually agreed upon time and place (over the telephone or via Skype, public location, professional office). A $50 honorarium will be offered to people listed above in a).

Eligible and interested persons can please contact Laura Bisaillon, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Health Studies Program (cellphone 647-461-0107) or Kambili Husbands, Research Assistant

Here are participant recruitment posters in English and French:


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