Educating Advocates: Strengthening Your Advocacy Toolkit to Combat HIV and MAT Discrimination

Thursday, April 22nd 2021

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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This session, in partnership with the Philadelphia LGBTQ Bar Association, will address HIV and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) discrimination. Jacqueline Romero will present on the DOJ’s authority under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, and how communities and individuals can become empowered to FIGHT discrimination and become advocates themselves in the ongoing Fight for Equity Under Federal Law. We aim to remove discriminatory barriers to MAT and educate local stakeholders as to how anti-discrimination laws protect people with opioid use and other substance use disorders.


  • Discuss advocacy work combatting discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS over the last 20 years.
  • Discuss the rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act that help protect against discrimination for those in Medication-Assisted Treatment, and how this intersects with the opioid epidemic.
  • Learn how to identify illegal discrimination against persons with HIV, Opioid Use Disorders (OUD), and other disabilities, in employment, housing, and the provision of public & private services.
  • Learn where to go next to get more information and resources


Jacqueline Romero

Jacqueline Romero, USAO

Jacqueline Romero has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (USAO-EDPA) since 2006. She specializes in fraud investigations and civil rights investigations, serving as the Civil Rights Coordinator for the USAO-EDPA since 2015 and as a member of the Newark/Philadelphia Regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force since 2018. Her general practice includes defensive and affirmative civil litigation, as well as occasional criminal prosecutions. As Civil Rights Coordinator, she oversees all civil rights investigations and initiatives in the nine counties that make up the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. These investigations involve any number of federal civil rights statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Her other job duties also include appointment to the district’s Supervision to Aid Reentry (STAR) program, a heightened supervised release program designed to assist felons reentering the community from federal prison.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s office in Philadelphia, Jacqueline worked as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice’s Commercial Litigation Branch in Washington, D.C., and for the law firm of Lowenstein Sandler LLC in New Jersey. Jacqueline also served as Senior Counsel to the United States Mint, an in-house counsel position in which she gave daily advice to the Mint concerning its manufacturing processes, its unionized workforce, and police force, and its international e-commerce business.

Jacqueline is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and a volunteer faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She is a former fellow of both the German Marshall Fund and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She currently serves as Past-President and Board Member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and as a Board Member of the Philadelphia LGBTQ Bar Association. She is a lifetime member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), serving on the HNBA’s Special Commission on Law Enforcement Reform and Racial Justice and as a Past-Commissioner on the HNBA’s Latina Commission. She is also a Past-Commissioner of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Judicial Commission.

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

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