Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit

ECOSOC Status: None
Type: NGO working on Drugs
Address: 63/2, Masjid Road, 1st Floor, Jungpura, New Delhi
Country: India
Region: Southern and Eastern Asia
UN Languages: English
Other languages:
  • HIV/Aids
  • Research
  • Training
  • Criminal Justice
  • Legal Assistance

  • Other:'Human Rights, Rule of Law, Health, Intellectual Property Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law'
Short description:
Lawyers Collective ? a non government organization promoting social justice, civil and human rights in India for over twenty five years. For the last ten years, the HIV/AIDS Unit of the Lawyers Collective (the Unit) has sought to contribute to public health by protecting & promoting dignity, justice and rights of people living with, affected by and at risk of HIV through law reform, legal aid and allied services. Besides working on HIV related discrimination, treatment access and other legal issues, the Unit supports interventions to protect rights of marginalized populations ? sex workers, gay/bisexual/transgender persons and people using drugs, whose illegal status is known to enhance risk to HIV.

Work with people using drugs: The Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit has been providing legal aid to persons incarcerated on charges of consumption, possession and other petty drug offences. This unique project, one of its kind in India/Asia, is undertaken in collaboration with Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust, Mumbai to defend civil rights of people using drugs thus aiding treatment, health and recovery.

The Unit has also been involved in advocacy and capacity strengthening on narcotic law, health and harm reduction policy with NGOs, drug treatment facilities, law enforcement and lower judiciary ? agencies that typically come in contact with people using drugs. Unit staff has also served as technical resource on drug laws for the Regional Resource Training Centres under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India____________________________
In 2007, the Unit researched and authored a report examining the interface between law, policy and harm reduction in South Asia.. Commissioned by the UNODC Regional Office for South Asia, the document analyzed narcotic laws in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, finding obstacles as well as opportunities for effective interventions with injecting drug users.
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