The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

Upcoming Events

Legal Rights and Risks of Adolescents in the Age of AIDS

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015

This training will cover the legal rights and potential liabilities of adolescents living with, at risk for or affected by HIV. Audience: All health and human services providers who work with or advocate youth at risk or living with HIV and/or with basic understanding of issues facing such adolescents.

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To Disclose or not to Disclose? Seven Things to Know About Medical Forms and HIV

If you are a person living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) or a physician treating PLWHAs, you may face a dilemma when completing medical forms – the type required for employment, school, camp, guardianship, and other activities. The following seven points should help you decide whether and how to disclose sensitive information about your status.

Announcing Legal Action Center’s new blog

As part of our website overhaul and upgraded presence on the web, LAC is launching a new blog to highlight our work and that of our partner organizations and share information and opinions about the issues we work on. Can you help us by voting on a name for our blog?

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News and Highlights


Bi-Partisan House Members introduce bill to reauthorize the Second Chance Act

Press Release: Legal Action Center is pleased to report that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Rep. Danny Davis, along with 25 other bi-partisan members of the House of Representatives have introduced legislation to reauthorize the Second Chance Act. Originally passed in 2008, the Second Chance Act is already reducing recidivism and improving public safety. Recidivism rates are down by 11% in Texas, 19% in North Carolina and 9% in Wisconsin. Since 2009, Second Chance programs have served over 92,000 people in 49 states and the District of Columbia. After several years of implementation and study, it’s time to reauthorize and update the law to emphasize and improve the most effective programs.

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JPMorgan’s General Counsel, Steve Cutler, and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA, Glenn E. Martin, to be Honored at Legal Action Center’s 2015 Benefit

Stephen M. Cutler, General Counsel of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Legal Action Center Board Member, and Glenn E. Martin, Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA, will be honored at LAC’s annual Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards Benefit.

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Legal Action Center Board Chair Daniel K. Mayers Accepts President’s Lifetime Achievement Award

At its quarterly board meeting on June 17th, the Legal Action Center’s Director presented to longtime Board Chair Daniel K. Mayers the President’s Lifetime Service Award, which included a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama.


Press Release: Legal Action Center Announces Release of State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System

The Legal Action Center today announced the release of the new web tool State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System, which includes state-by-state profiles with information about the health system and health coverage options that are available in each state and the District of Columbia.

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