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 Deeply outdated and lacking in scientific merit, these harmful laws criminalize and stigmatize “Hoosiers” living with HIV and are counterproductive to ending the HIV epidemic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.
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
- A criminal law must be based on criminal intent to transmit and conduct likely to transmit.
- A criminal law must only include punitive measures that are proportionate to the harm.
- 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, IU Fairbanks School of Public Health, BS in Community Health Student
- Jason Craft, IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, BA in General Studies Student
- Jacob Daniel, Martin University School of Science, BS Student, Brothers United Volunteer, HIV+ since 2015
- Mark Hughes
- Sarah Bunner, IU Fairbanks School of Public Health, BA Student.
- Terrell Parker
- Rachael Casey
Steering Committee Advisors
- SERO Staff Sean Strub, Robert Suttles, Tami Haught (SERO)
- Scott Schoettes, HIV Project Director/Senior Attorney (Lambda Legal)
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people living with HIV, attitudes start to change once people learn more about the laws, how they are based on outdated HIV science and their harmful effects.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.