August 19, 2015 -- The Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project (“LA HLPP”), a collaboration between UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, the Disability Rights Law Center, Inner City Law Center and Los Angeles County Bar Association’s AIDS Legal Services Project, is being honored with the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award by the State Bar of California. The award recognizes California attorneys and organizations that have provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to low-income clients. An awards reception will be held in Anaheim, California in October.
The LA HLPP, which was launched in 2013, serves as the centralized intake and outreach program for HIV-related legal issues in Los Angeles County and performs litigation and policy work on issues that affect people living with HIV/AIDS. Designed to address current gaps in services, LA HLPP helps to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS have meaningful access to healthcare, housing, citizenship and employment.
The Williams Institute’s inaugural Brian Belt HIV Law & Policy Fellow, Ayako Miyashita, is the new director of LA HLPP. In her previous positions, she provided direct legal services to low-income clients living with HIV/AIDS.