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.
Better Meeting the Needs of People Living with HIV Is How to End the HIV Epidemic
This report highlights actions that can be taken by jurisdictions and advocates to improve the health of all people living with HIV. Differing strategies are needed to support three groups of people with HIV: (1) those who are unaware of their infection, (2) those who are in care but not virally suppressed, and (3) those who have been diagnosed but are not in care.
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.