Amsterdam Consultation on Police and HIV report publishedPublished on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 13:46
On the 4th of October 2014, a Consultation on Police and HIV was held in Amsterdam. The Consultation came about as a result of the recognition of a need for co-ordination and collaboration between all these agencies working with police in the HIV response, and better planning and sharing of resources and experience. It was convened by the Law Enforcement and HIV Network (LEAHN), and co-organised by the Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health (CLEPH), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and Birkbeck School of Law at the University of London.
The Consultation and individual delegates received support from Aids Fonds, AIDS Foundation East West, Birkbeck School, COC Nederland, Soros Foundations, UNAIDS , UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC Vienna and Regional and Country offices and WHO. Reflecting the particular importance of the issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, simultaneous interpretation was provided in Russian, with funding from COC Nederland and UNDP. LEAHN convened this Consultation as an independent network of police committed to the broad police role in the HIV response, speaking solely on behalf of police. LEAHN sees HIV programs and collaborations not from the viewpoint of the agency involved, but from that of the police. As such, it is in a position to work with all involved agencies, CSOs and NGOs. The Consultation was held over one day, Saturday 4 October 2014, in Amsterdam, in conjunction with the 2nd International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health.
The Consultation was able to capitalize on the presence there of many supportive police, civil society and HIV programmes. The Dutch Police (Amsterdam) are very supportive hosts, with a long and strong history of police collaboration and leadership in public health areas; they include ‘Pink in Blue’, the police LGBT support and advocacy group. Local civil society organizations are similarly supportive and capable, including Mainline NL, COC Nederlands, SoA AIDS and AIDS Foundation East West. Download the report