**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
Contact: Tami Haught, email@example.com
January 20, 2016: Registration for the much-anticipated HIV is Not a Crime II Training Academy, to be held May 17 – 20, 2016, at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, is open!
HIV is a human rights issue; criminalization of people living with HIV is a social justice issue. The Training Academy will unite and train advocates living with HIV and allies from across the country on laws criminalizing people living with and vulnerable to HIV, and on strategies and best practices for repealing such laws. “It’s time for us to advance the discourse around intersections between HIV criminalization, racist policing, drug policy reform, and sex worker criminalization,” says Naina Khanna, Executive Director of Positive Women’s Network-USA, which is co-organizing the Training Academy with Sero Project. “We can best do this by building a grassroots movement for policy change, led by the communities most impacted by these issues.”
Have an idea for a workshop? We are now accepting abstracts!
There will be three tracks, focusing on:
1) Effective and Accountable Leadership,
2) Rights, Policy and Justice
3) Campaign Planning, Strategy and Messaging
Workshops will help advance informed and effective grassroots organizing and coalition-building, providing participants with concrete tools and resources to enact local, state, and federal strategies in their communities.
The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, February 26, 2016 by 5:00 pm CST (6:00 pm EST, 3:00 PST). You will receive notice of acceptance on Friday, April 1, 2016.
Registration is open! For more information, please visit our website: www.hivisnotacrime.com.
As a reminder, scholarship applications are due Feb. 5 and can be found here.
Are you interested in providing financial support for this important event? Please contact Sean Strub, SERO Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or Naina Khanna at Positive Women’s Network – USA at email@example.com for more information. Questions? Please contact Tami Haught, SERO Organizer and Training Coordinator, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.