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HIV Law Project provides innovative legal services and advocacy programs for underserved, low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly women and their families; people of color; 
undocumented immigrants, members of the LGBT community; and the homeless.

Fellowships at HIV Law Project

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January 04, 2010—HIV Law Project is seeking Law Firm Fellows to assist its legal team in providing comprehensive legal and advocacy services to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs).

HIV Law Project was founded in 1989 in response to a growing need for innovative legal services and advocacy programs for underserved, low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly women and their families; people of color; undocumented and recent immigrants; members of the LGBT community; and the homeless.

Direct Legal Services

HIV Law Project provides free civil legal services to HIV-positive residents in Manhattan and the Bronx through an integrated, general practice service delivery model. Legal services are provided in the following areas of law:

  • Housing and eviction prevention;
  • Immigration law;
  • Government benefits;
  • HIV-related confidentiality and discrimination issues;
  • Family law;
  • Public and private health insurance issues;
  • Consumer and creditor/debtor law;
  • Employment and benefit issues;
  • Wills and advanced planning.

Public Policy Advocacy

HIV Law Project actively engages in public policy advocacy to challenge unfair laws and policies, and fosters remedial legislation. Aimed at shifting public perception and holding policymakers accountable to traditionally underrepresented HIV-affected populations, some of our work includes:

  • Increasing access to voluntary HIV testing and preserving written informed consent to HIV testing;
  • Challenging the illegal collection of private medical data by the New York State Department of Health Removing the United States HIV Entry Bar for immigrants and travelers with HIV;
  • Educate lawmakers about needs of women living with HIV/AIDS.

Fellowship Description and Responsabilities

  • Work alongside attorneys in providing direct legal services in all areas of practice;
  • Conduct legal research;
  • Draft motions and other legal memoranda;
  • Work directly with clients, conducting initial client interviews, participating in case acceptance and strategy decisions;
  • Accompany legal staff to court, assist in courtroom advocacy;
  • Engage in public policy advocacy on a variety of assignments.

HIV Law Project will also consider applications for placement in Communications/Development to work on media campaigns, grant-writing and donor relations.

Application Instructions

Fellows should have a commitment to social justice and issues affecting low-income People Living with HIV/AIDS.

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample to Cynthia B. Knox, Deputy Executive Director, at cbknox@hivlawproject.org.

Please direct any and all questions to Cynthia B. Knox at the above e-mail address.