What is JADS?
The Jamaica Anti-Discrimination System for HIV (JADS) is a national system that collects cases of HIV-related discrimination and refers them to the appropriate entities for redress. Submitting cases to the JADS can result in:
- Referral for counseling or social assistance
- Sensitization session with alleged offended and/or community
- No Action (I just want to report the incident)
Examples of discrimination experienced by persons living with HIV includes:
- Breach of confidentiality
- Denied access to healthcare
- Forced to leave home/community
Why is JADS important?
- Plays an important role in reducing stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV, and gender-based-violence
- Advocates for person’s human rights
- Connects individuals with redress options
Why do cases need to be reported?
- To empower people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS
- To evaluate laws & institutions (identify gaps for law revision & institutional changes)
- To increase accountability
- To measure the effectiveness of strategies & initiatives, and design new ones
HOW DOES THE JADS WORK?