Joanne Csete, PhD, focuses her research and teaching on health and human rights, particularly the impact of criminalization and gender-based subordination on access to health services for people who use drugs, sex workers, and others vulnerable to HIV. At Human Rights Watch and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, she documented and engaged in advocacy on human rights abuses against marginalized people facing severe health risks in more than 20 countries. Dr. Csete has worked on HIV/AIDS and other health and nutrition programs and policies in Africa for over 10 years, including in complex emergency situations.
Law, Policy and Rights Program, Heilbrunn Dept. of Population and Family Health director
Honors and Awards:
Reviewer, International AIDS Society international conference abstracts, 2004-2009
Opening keynote speaker, Conference on Reduction of Drug-Related Harm, Beirut, April 2011
Selected New York City Activities:
Influence of drug courts on access to methadone
Qualitative study involving New York City and several other counties in New York State on the influence of county-level drug court policies on people's access to medication-assisted treatment for opiate dependence
Selected Global Activities:
Swiss policy on illicit drugs: lessons for the world
Analysis of lessons from the history of Swiss policy on narcotic and psychotropic drugs, with attention to experiences that could be replicated in other settings
Narcotic drug policy in sub-Saharan Africa
Development of case studies of drug policy in four sub-Saharan countries, with attention to barriers to adopting politics that reflect internationally agreed best practice
J. Csete and R. Elliott Scaling up HIV testing: human rights and hidden costs HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Review 11(1) 1, 5-9 2006
S. Burris, J. Csete, X. Goumei and B. Loff Shanghai plans responses to AIDS Lancet 365 1524-25 2005
Csete, J. Several for the price of one: Right to AIDS treatment as link to other human rights Connecticut Journal of International Law 17 263-272 2002
J.L. Twigg, ed. HIV/AIDS in Russia and Eurasia, vol. 1 Palgrave Macmillan New York, NY, USA 165-180 2006
Elliott, R., Csete, J., Palepu, A. and Kerr, T. Reason and rights in global drug control policy Canadian Medical Association Journal 172(5) 655-656 2005
Harris, P.G. and Siplon, P., eds. Global politics of AIDS Lynne Rienner Boulder, CO, USA 247-262 2007
Jürgens R, Csete J, Amon JJ, Baral S, Beyrer C.
People who use drugs, HIV, and human rights.
Lancet 376(9739) 475-85 2010
Csete J, Dube S.
An inappropriate tool: criminal law and HIV in Asia AIDS Sept Sup 3 S80-85 2010
Csete J, Cohen J.
Health benefits of legal services for criminalized populations: the case of people who use drugs, sex workers and sexual and gender minorities.
J Law Med Ethics. J Law Med Ethics. 38(4) 816-31 2010
Csete, J., Gathumbi, A., Wolfe, D. and Cohen, J. Lives to save: Drug use, HIV and PEPFAR in Africa Lancet forthcoming 2009