Mission Statement

HIV Modernization Movement-Indiana (HMM) is a diverse group of individuals who seek to modernize Indiana’s criminal HIV laws. Deeply outdated and lacking in scientific merit, these harmful laws criminalize and stigmatize “Hoosiers” living with HIV and are counterproductive to  ending the HIV epidemic in Indiana.

About Us

We are a broad coalition created by people living with HIV and their allies who are working together to change harmful and discriminatory HIV laws in Indiana. Our membership consists of students, professors, public health authorities, non-profit organizational leaders and staff, community advocates, legal advisors, and family members, of diverse racial, gender, and sexuality backgrounds. Many of us are living with HIV.

Our Guiding Principles for Modernizing Indiana Laws that Criminalize HIV

  1. A criminal law must be based on criminal intent to transmit and conduct likely to transmit.
  2. A criminal law must only include punitive measures that are proportionate to the harm.
  3. A criminal law must not be specific to HIV and must exclude diseases that are airborne/casually transmitted.

Our Steering Committee

    • Carrie Foote, Chair, Associate Professor of Sociology, IUPUI, HIV+ since 1988
    • John W. Coberg II, Co-Chair, MA Student IUPUI Sociology
    • Jason Craft, IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, BA in General Studies Student
    • Jacob Daniel, IUPUI, Student, HIV+ since 2015
    • Mark Hughes, HIV+ since 1995
    • Emily Sightes, MPH Student IU Fairbanks School of Public Health


Steering Committee Advisors

  • SERO Staff Sean Strub, Robert Suttles, Tami Haught (SERO)
  • Scott Schoettes, HIV Project Director/Senior Attorney (Lambda Legal)

Supporting Groups

About Our Name

“HIV Modernization Movement – Indiana”  HMM. While most people initially support laws that criminalize people living with HIV,  attitudes start to change once people learn more about the laws, how they are based on outdated HIV science and their harmful effects. Once that happens, people go “hmm…, I am starting to wonder now about these laws.” and they want to learn more and quickly find themselves in support of modernization and reform.  Our name reflects this thought process and need for modernization based on current HIV science and need to end HIV stigma.