SMART’s 16th Annual Graduation
Over the past two decades, Mary has balanced her passion for art and her commitment as an advocate. Her work as a world-class jewelry designer has led to lines of bracelets produced by vulnerable women in Africa. She has authored six books, given countless speeches, and traveled the globe as a Special Representative of the United Nations representing the call to justice and healing for those most affected by poverty, violence and AIDS.
Catherine Hanssens, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), will be presented with the John Falkenberg Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. The Award acknowledges extraordinary individuals who have dedicated their work to improving the health and lives of others by fighting for human rights and social justice. As director of CHLP, the first national legal resource and strategy center for people with HIV and their advocates, Catherine has drawn national attention to HIV criminalization – the use of criminal law to penalize people living with HIV for conduct that would be indisputably legal if they did not get tested or know their status.
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