With the path to ending AIDS clearer than ever, our sector is confronted with a new urgency. Maximizing the impact of resources dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS, while continuing to find synergies and intersections with funders in adjacent areas of health and human rights will be keys to success. And of course, the challenges of level-to-declining resources and a changing epidemic require that our approach must continue to evolve. 

Driven by FCAA's first-ever call-for-sessions, the agenda for the 2013 AIDS Philanthropy Summit will be focused on two separate, but connected themes: 
  • Day 1: Protecting and Ensuring the Rights of Impacted Populations 
  • Day 2: Strategic Responses to a Shifting Landscape 

Attendance at the FCAA AIDS Philanthropy Summit is limited to representatives from private and public funding organizations, affinity group members (and other philanthropic infrastructure organizations), and invited speakers and guests. 



Addressing AIDS the Right(s) Way

Monday, December 9th, 9:00 am

Join us for informal, data-free, presentations from three dynamic thought leaders who will frame our day by offering new perspectives, ideas and challenges in addressing HIV/AIDS through a rights-based lens. Speakers will touch on issues surrounding grantmaking, criminalization, and impacted populations such as sex workers and trans men and women. 

Meet the Speakers:

Daniel Jae-Won Lee is the Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, an independent private foundation that conveys the pioneering spirit and enduring values of Levi Strauss & Co.: originality, empathy, integrity and courage.  He joined Levi Strauss in 2003 as Community Affairs Manager for the Asia Pacific Division in Singapore, and subsequently served as the Director of Global Grant Making Programs.  He serves on the boards of Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA), Council on Foundations and National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy.  Daniel is also an advisory board member for Asian American Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus and a member of the Asia-Oceania Advisory Council of the Global Fund for Women.

Richard Elliott is Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Richard joined the Legal Network staff 14 years ago.  Previously, he was a civil litigator in private practice and appeared before all levels of Ontario courts.  He has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as co-counsel for the Legal Network as amicus curiae in various cases, including those dealing with the criminalization of HIV.  Between 2001 and 2007, he was a member of the Ministerial Council on HIV/AIDS, the expert body advising Canada’s federal Minister of Health.  He has served as a technical advisor to UNAIDS, was the researcher and rapporteur for the international expert consultation that produced in 2006 the updated International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights issued by UNAIDS and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and was a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.  He holds an undergraduate degree in economics and philosophy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, obtained his LL.B. and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1997.

Darby Hickey is a sex worker and transgender rights activist living in Washington, DC, as well as a writer. As a member of Best Practices Policy Project, a group working on national sex worker policy issues, she has advocated at the UN for US recognition of the human rights of people in the sex trade (Recommendation 86 of the 2010 US UPR) and organized protests at AIDS2012 against both US policy banning PEPFAR money from rights-based projects for sex workers and immigration laws that prevented sex workers and drug users from entering the country for the conference. Darby also works on the local level in DC, where she coordinated the first-ever community-based research into policing of sex work (as director of Different Avenues), helped to secure policy changes to improve police and jail treatment of transgender people (as a member of the DC Trans Coalition), and pushed for an improved response to HIV among marginalized communities in the city. As a writer and communications professional, her work has appeared in many media outlets including CNN, Washington Post, Al-Jazeera, NPR, and more. Follow her on the interwebs at @DarbyBPPP