In December 2020, the O’Neill Institute released Improving Laws and Policies to Protect Sex Workers and Promote Health and Wellbeing, written in collaboration with Whitman-Walker Institute and HIPS. Based on focus groups with sex workers and interviews with DC government officials, legal experts, sex worker advocates, and victims’ services providers, the report shows the urgent need to change DC’s prostitution and solicitation laws. These data document the harmful effects of DC’s prostitution laws and policing practices on the safety and health of sex workers and the community at large.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19), identified in December 2019, has become a major outbreak and has spread rapidly across the world, impacting life and society on all levels. The O'Neill Institute's experts are key resources to the legal and policy approaches to address the pandemic.
This May 2021 issue brief discusses the concerted action needed to meet the needs of older people living with HIV. More than half of people living with HIV in the United States are aged 50 or older. The burdens of HIV, aging, and related health comorbidities, combined with the social and structural challenges that people aging with HIV face, necessitate not only a focus on HIV-related outcomes, but also a comprehensive response aimed at treating comorbidities and improving long-term health and quality of life.
In our current system, jails, prisons, courts and child welfare are often the intervention points for people with substance use disorders. This report provides recommendations for actions that state and local leaders can take immediately to increase evidence-based practices, decrease arbitrary determinations, and prevent overdose deaths.