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Local Planning Group Co-Chairs Elected

// Steering Committee
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Steering Committee is excited to announce the election of Larkin Callaghan and Rob Newells as Co-Chairs of the AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group. Both of these individuals bring expertise, experience and commitment to local communities to their roles. We look forward to growing and realizing our vision for local activities surrounding this conference under their leadership.

Dr. Larkin Callaghan

As the director of communications and partnerships for the AIDS Research Institute, Dr. Callaghan oversees media, messaging, and translational research communications for the HIV enterprise at UCSF; relationships with community, city, and state partners; and partnerships with external governing and research bodies. Her experience encompasses work in academia, non-profits, and NGOs.

Previously managing director of the UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research, director of global health education and training programs and professor of research methods at Stanford, and associate research scientist at ICAP, she has launched multilateral research-clinical partnership projects with foreign governments and federal agencies, negotiated financial and policy partnerships, and directed implementation, communications, and evaluation in over 20 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and SE Asia.

Rev. Rob Newells

Rev. Rob Newells is an Associate Minister at the Imani Community Church and has served as Executive Director for AIDS Project of the East Bay since 2015. He is an Oakland, California, native and United States Marine Corps veteran.

 Rev. Rob is a contributing author to the book Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives for which he penned the chapter on “The Black Church.”

Rev. Rob was a 2011 Fellow of the Black AIDS Institute’s African American HIV University Community Mobilization College and has been a biomedical HIV prevention research advocate with AVAC since 2012. He currently serves as Co-Chair for the AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group and as Community Advisory Board Co-Chair for the AmfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research.

Public Charge Memo

// Policy & Politics
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

On February 7th, 2019 the American Friends of AIDS 2020 released this memo addressing concerns raised by the public around immigration issues for conference attendees:

“From: American Friends of AIDS2020

Date: February 7, 2019

Re: Public Charge and Implications for Traveling to the United States for AIDS2020

Recent policy changes and proposals regarding the definition of “public charge” have raised concerns about their potential impact on AIDS2020 conference attendees. A “public charge” is an individual who is likely to become “primarily dependent on the government for subsistence”.

This memo provides an overview of these changes, focusing specifically on their implications for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants, the category of individuals who will be applying for temporary admission to the U.S. to attend AIDS2020. It further focuses on B-1 (business) and B-2 (tourist) visas, which are the most likely types of visas to be sought by conference attendees.”

Full memo linked below

Friends of AIDS2020 – Public Charge Memo

Next AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group Meeting

// Community Access & Engagement
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Our next meeting of the AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group will be held in Oakland on Friday, February 22nd. At this meeting we will share updates from the Steering Committee and all our working groups. We will also have a photographer on hand to capture photos for this website!

This meeting will be held in the Ronald V Dellums Federal Building. *Please bring a government issued ID in order to enter the building.

Please RSVP here if you plan to come and invite your colleagues as well.

AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group Meeting

// Community Access & Engagement
Friday, November 16, 2018

Please join us the for the first official meeting of the AIDS 2020 Local Planning Group. During the meeting, we will be discussing  the goals of the Local Planning Group, including how we can leverage the International AIDS Conference in San Francisco/Oakland for the greatest impact for our communities.

We will also be joined by representatives from the International AIDS Society and the AIDS 2020 Conference Coordinating Committee.

An open letter: AIDS 2020 Conference Coordinating Committee

// Policy & Politics
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

We are proud of the communities we are – people living with HIV; men who have sex with men, transgender people, and other LGBTQI people; racial and ethnic minorities, indigenous people, immigrants and refugees; sex workers and people who inject drugs. We are scientists, clinicians and community advocates. We represent an international community, a United States and other countries around the globe that are resisting divisive politics and united in this historic and collective fight to end the HIV epidemic. Read more An open letter: AIDS 2020 Conference Coordinating Committee