The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre is a specialist community legal centre, the only if its kind in Australia, providing free legal services and advice to people with HIV-related legal matters. The Centre also runs community legal education programs, publishes guides to HIV and the law, and advocates for law reform.
While medical advances have meant that people with HIV are living longer, they still face discrimination and may be confronted with complex legal problems. This is placing increasing demands on the Centre's three legal staff and its team of student volunteers. In last financial year the Centre delivered around 17,000 hours of legal support, helping over 1,000 clients.
Former High Court Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG is a supporter of the campaign. He said: ''One of the least appreciated downsides of HIV/AIDS is that it can cause serious legal problems for the people involved. This is why, from the start, I have supported HALC. I still do. It helps some of the most vulnerable people in our community.''
The Centre is running a community fundraising campaign to ensure it can continue to provide its important services. You can find out more about the campaign and make a donation at www.chuffed.org/project/justice-league/
Information about the Centre and its work is available at http://halc.org.au