Protecting Human Rights

Our Story

Our Story

In December 1992, a group of activists came together to create the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

They were united in their recognition that any effective response to the pandemic must ensure that the human rights of people living with HIV and communities particularly affected by HIV are respected, protected and fulfilled.

Today, we’re one of the world’s leading organizations tackling the legal and human rights issues related to HIV, and advocating at both the policy and community levels.

We work tirelessly to defend the rights of people affected by HIV, from women, newcomers, and gay men, to prisoners, people who use drugs, sex workers, and men who have sex with men.

  • We produce research and resources used to support the work of front-line AIDS service organizations, researchers and community activists from across Canada and around the world.
  • We engage decision-makers, from parliamentarians and judges, to United Nations delegates on the importance of human rights in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
  • We defend and advance human rights through strategic litigation in the courts, in Canada and internationally.
  • In the court of public opinion, we’re often the first organization Canadian journalists call when reporting on HIV issues.