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AIDSWatch Leadership Awards
At AIDSWatch, we will honor HIV advocates for their leadership in the fight to end the epidemic in the United States. Below are the awardees of 2017.

Bré Anne Campbell
Positive Leadership Awardee

Bré Anne Campell is the executive director and cofounder of the Trans Sistas of Color Project – Detroit, an organization that works to uplift the lives and well-being of trans women of color in Metro Detroit. Campbell is a board member of PWN-USA, a 2015 Victory Fund empowerment fellow, a national advisory board member of Positively Trans, and a member of the 2016 Brown Boi LGBT Executive Director Training. Campbell is featured in the Greater Than AIDS EMPOWERED: Trans Women & HIV campaign and serves as an executive producer of a forthcoming documentary exploring the narratives of transgender women of color in Detroit.

Senator Christopher Coons
Elizabeth Taylor Legislative Leadership Awardee

Christopher Coons is a United States Senator from Delaware. He currently serves on the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees. Additionally, he is a ranking member of both the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts as well as the Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. Before being elected to the Senate in 2010, Senator Coons served as New Castle County Council President for four years and also worked as an attorney for W.L. Gore & Associates, where he helped the company expand and create jobs.

In December 2015, Senator Coons, along with Senator Baldwin and Senator Markey, introduced legislation aimed at helping end stigma, discrimination and stereotypes that negatively impact Americans living with HIV/AIDS through the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act.

Daniel Driffin
Positive Leadership Awardee

Daniel Driffin is the co-founder of THRIVE SS, Inc. – a local nonprofit assisting people living with HIV to achieve better health equity. THRIVE SS provides non-traditional social support for more than 550 gay and bisexual and men of color living with HIV in Metro Atlanta. This summer, Driffen was the first openly HIV-positive speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 16 years. Driffin is a active in voluntary roles locally, nationally, and internationally. He currently serves as a chair emeritus of The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) and as a member of The Global Forum on MSM & HIV Youth Reference. Driffin is currently completing coursework towards a Masters of Public Health at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Carrie Foote
Positive Leadership Awardee

Dr. Carrie Foote, a sociology professor at Indiana University-Indianapolis, tested positive for HIV in 1988. Once a homeless injection drug user, she is now a scholar, teacher, mother, and activist who is deeply committed to ending HIV criminalization. Foote recently formed the HIV Modernization Movement-Indiana (HMM) which works to modernize Indiana’s criminal HIV laws and their related counterproductive public health practices. Foote is a member of Yale’s HIV criminalization research group and the SERO HIV criminalization reform project. Foote volunteers for local and national groups working on HIV criminalization issues; has advocated for people affected by HIV criminalization in Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky; and mentors marginalized people living with HIV on securing their influence and participation on criminalization reform issues.

Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Positive Leadership Awardee

Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. is a “bridge builder,” who brings together the diverse people and neighborhoods together to make a better society. His tenacity and dedication as a U.S. Congressman are marked by service to his constituents and his rise in leadership on issues critical to all Americans. He champions the middle class by supporting policies that help facilitate job creation, distribute the tax burden equitably, and make quality health care affordable for all.

Pascrell is a strident advocate for people living with and affected by HIV and leads the annual federal appropriations request in the House to support the Ryan White Program, HIV and STD prevention within the CDC, syringe services programs, and HIV research.

Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Elizabeth Taylor Legislative Leadership Awardee

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the most senior United States Representative from Florida and the first Cuban American and Latina elected to Congress. She began her career as a teacher and founded a bi-lingual elementary school in Florida. The Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, she currently serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

A strong supporter of LGBT rights, Ros-Lehtinen is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus and was the first Republican in the House to co-sponsor the Respect of Marriage Act. She is also a co-chair of the Congressional HIV Caucus and has coauthored legislation approved by the House to bolster America’s commitment to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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