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HLP--HIV Law Project was the first and, today, remains the only legal agency providing comprehensive services exclusively to low income people living with HIV/AIDS in New York City.


HIV Law Project believes that all people deserve the same rights, including the right to live with dignity and respect, the right to be treated as equal members of society, and the right to have their basic human needs fulfilled. These fundamental rights are elusive for many people living with HIV/AIDS. Through innovative legal services and advocacy programs, HIV Law Project fights for the rights of the most underserved people living with HIV/AIDS.


To fulfill its mission, the HIV Law Project has three broadly defined but closely integrated goals and objectives. Our services and our legal and advocacy strategies are designed with these goals and objectives in view.

Our first goal is to provide advice and representation to clients in their day-to-day legal problems, including discriminatory treatment, HIV-related confidentiality issues, housing and eviction prevention, denial of financial and medical benefits, immigration law, public and private health insurance issues, consumer and creditor/debtor law, employment law and benefit issues, last wills and testaments and advanced planning, and permanency planning and other family law matters. The objective is to meet the immediate legal needs of individual clients living with HIV, eliminate injustices and barriers to services and benefits, and generally improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Our second goal is to eradicate the underlying problems facing low-income People Living With HIV/AIDS locally and across the county. Based on insights and information gathered through individual legal representation, the HIV Law Project initiates large-scale legal actions, challenges discriminatory regulations, participates in public policy debates, and fosters remedial legislation.

Our third goal is to transfer the knowledge we gain through our work to the client community, other service providers, elected officials and lawmakers, the judiciary, and the general public. We are committed to educating others about the problems facing our clients through community legal education, public forums and panel discussions, participating in lobby days, and providing technical assistance to other service providers.