FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2013
Contact: Meico Whitlock
Washington, DC– The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) recognized Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13th District) with the Partnership Award at its 22nd Annual Meeting of state health department HIV and hepatitis program leaders last month. The meeting takes place every May in Washington, D.C. Barbara Lee is a long-standing member of the U.S. House of Representatives and has been a champion of HIV/AIDS on a variety of issues both domestic and global. “Barbara has long been a champion of efforts to end HIV/AIDS and advance human rights here at home and abroad. Her achievements in Congress and in the HIV community are unquestionable,” noted NASTAD Executive Director Julie Scofield. Over the years, Rep. Lee has:
“I am so honored by this award. Thank you to NASTAD for their work, and for everyone on the front lines, who each and every day are not just fighting HIV and viral hepatitis, but are also promoting love, respect, and human rights for all. Fighting against stigma and bias is a full time job, but even with the tremendous contribution from activists, advocates, and allies, our work is nowhere near finished. As long as stigma and discrimination are around us, we cannot stop. We must continue the fight for justice and an AIDS-free generation,” commented Barbara Lee upon accepting the award.
The National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), founded in 1992, is a nonprofit national association of state and territorial health department HIV/AIDS program directors who have programmatic responsibility for administering HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and associated public health programs. NASTAD works to strengthen the role and promote the success of state and territorial public health programs in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit www.NASTAD.org.