Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director and Founder, has been active in HIV legal and policy issues since 1984. Previously, Hanssens was AIDS Project Director at Lambda Legal, where she led Lambda's HIV-related litigation and policy work. She also worked with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, where she created and managed one of the first medical-legal partnerships in the country, with on-site HIV legal services in several hospitals and clinics. While a staff attorney at the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, Hanssens successfully litigated the state's first cases on involuntary HIV testing, a class action challenge to segregation and mistreatment of prisoners with HIV in the New Jersey state prison system, and the only federal appeals court case recognizing the right of incarcerated women to funded elective abortions. She also has been a visiting clinical professor at Rutgers University Law School-Newark and Director of the law school's Women and AIDS Clinic.
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Legal Director, is a civil rights attorney specializing in legal issues affecting the LGBT/HIV community, particularly in immigration law. His cases have been featured in the New York Times and New York Law Journal. He speaks nationally on civil rights issues, and provides legal commentary to CNN, Univision, Telemundo, and the Huffington Post. Most recently, Espinoza-Madrigal worked at Lambda Legal, where he focused on marriage equality, immigration, and issues affecting LGBT and HIV-affected people of color. Previously, he handled MALDEF's immigrants' rights docket, including a challenge to Arizona's immigration law, and a landmark U.S. Supreme Court voting rights case. He also worked at Fried Frank, where he defended the municipal identification card of New Haven, Connecticut, against an attempt to dismantle the program – a case that had a direct impact on cities across the country. Espinoza-Madrigal clerked for Judge Clay in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Judge Ellis in the U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y. He received a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, and a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania. The National LGBT Bar Association has recognized him as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.
Adrian Guzman, Staff Attorney, earned his Juris Doctor with a concentration in Health Law from Boston University School of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of Public Interest Law Journal. He earned his Master of Public Health with a concentration in Sexuality & Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. Previously, he worked at Brooklyn Family Defense Project and interned at a number of New York- and Boston-based HIV organizations, including Gay Men's Health Crisis, the HIV Project at South Brooklyn Legal Services, the Health Law Institute at Justice Resource Institute, and HIV Law Project. He served for two years on Boston's Ryan White Planning Council, and currently serves on the Policy Committee of the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York. His writing credits include: Adrian Guzman, Making the Grade?: An Analysis of Rights- and Due Process-Based Concerns Related to John School Diversion Programs, 20 B.U. Pub. Int. L.J. 79 (2010).
Rashida Richardson, Staff Attorney, is also State Advocacy Working Group Chair of the Positive Justice Project. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Wesleyan University in the College of Social Studies and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. During law school, Richardson served as intern for the Honorable Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; Cowan, DeBeats, Abraham & Sheppard; Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center; and Dyax Corp. She was also selected as a research assistant for Professor Margaret Burnham in Northeastern University's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, where she participated in a landmark Civil Rights action against a county in Mississippi for a kidnapping and murder which took place in 1964. This suit was the first of its kind. Before joining The Center for HIV Law and Policy, Richardson worked at Facebook Inc. and HIP Investor in San Francisco.
Tosh Anderson, Program Manager, earned his Juris Doctor from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, and a Master of Arts in applied anthropology from Georgia State University. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining The Center for HIV Law and Policy, he worked as a Law Officer and Special Assistant to the Executive Director of Human Rights in China, an international human rights NGO. He was an attorney at Gladstein, Reif & Megginnis, LLP, and Project Director at the New York Unemployment Project. Anderson has a long history of community organizing with the National Mobilization Against SweatShops (NMASS), where he also co-counseled Imperial Buffet and Restaurant (NLRB 2009), a groundbreaking labor case winning backpay and conditional reinstatement to undocumented restaurant workers.
Message Agency, Web Developer, designed, developed, and maintains The Center for HIV Law and Policy's current website and content-management system. A media studio based in Philadelphia with significant experience working with non-profit, civil rights and arts organizations, their primary services include strategic communications, branding and messaging, web design and development, content development, and graphic design.
Deirdre Reznik, Information Design, provides design and production services for The Center for HIV Law and Policy's website and publications. Reznik is a freelance consultant and has worked in print and web design and production for educational and non-profit institutions in New York City since 1994.