Boatemaa A. Ntiri-Reid

  • Hosted by Maryland Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by Norflet Progress Fund
  • Service location Baltimore, Maryland
  • Law school University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Issue area AIDS/HIV, Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2012
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Boatemaa broadened the scope of legal services available to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Baltimore, Md., and its surrounding counties by providing comprehensive legal services.

Combined, the city of Baltimore and the six counties surrounding it have the tenth highest rate of HIV diagnoses of all metropolitan areas in the United States and account for 60 percent of Maryland’s HIV-positive population. Baltimore also has the highest rates of poverty and uninsured in Maryland, which are two of the most significant challenges faced by HIV-positive residents. Baltimore’s HIV/AIDS epidemic has had a severely disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities and low-income people. Providing legal services to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS is vital to removing barriers to public benefits and defending against pervasive stigma and unlawful discrimination in accessing health care, housing, and employment opportunities.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Boatemaa:

  • Established a partnership with a local specialized medical care provider to identify low-income HIV-positive patients with unmet legal needs
  • Provided comprehensive legal representation, advice, and support to more than 200 clients, many of whom were patients referred by the partnering HIV medical services provider
  • Trained and educated health care staff and the general community about the importance of legal assistance to stabilize the health of HIV-positive residents of Baltimore and its surrounding counties

Together, we have the power to break down barriers in access to justice and to ensure representation for all.

Boatemaa A. Ntiri-Reid /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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