The New York State Assembly passed A2736, known as the "No Condoms as Evidence" bill, on Friday, June 20, 2013. New York is one step closer to making history as the first state in the country to enact legislation that prohibits police and prosecutors from confiscating and introducing condoms as evidence of wrongdoing. The bill (A2736/SB1369) was introduced by Senator Velmanette Montgomery and Assembly Member Barbara Clark. The New York City Council's Committees on Civil Rights and Immigration held a joint hearing on a resolution in support of this bill on June 18, 2013. At the hearing, Rashida Richardson of The Center for HIV Law & Policy testified about the alarming trend towards confiscation and criminalization of condoms. This practice undermines HIV advocacy efforts and public health campaigns, and results in the overcriminalization of women of color, immigrants, and transgender individuals.
The Center for HIV Law & Policy's testimony is available at hivlawandpolicy.org/resources/view/859
Additional information concerning condom confiscation is available at www.nocondomsasevidence.org/