What We Do

Sero is a network of people with HIV and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice. Sero is particularly focused on ending inappropriate criminal prosecutions of people with HIV for non-disclosure of their HIV status, potential or perceived HIV exposure or HIV transmission.

Sero’s HIV criminalization work includes original research, raising public awareness through community education efforts and outreach to people with HIV who have been criminalized to create a network of advocates who can speak first-hand about the effects of criminalization on their lives.  By engaging and empowering them to advocate on their own behalf and their compelling personal stories we help build a growing grassroots movement to mobilize the advocacy necessary to end HIV criminalization and promote a human rights-based approach to end the HIV epidemic.

Sean Strub

Sean Strub

| Executive Director

The Sero Project grew out of the anti-criminalization advocacy work of Sean Strub, who serves as its executive director.  Strub is a writer and long-time activist who has been living with HIV for more than 30 years.  He founded POZ Magazine, co-chaired the North American regional affiliate of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+/NA) and co-founded and is a member of the Positive Justice Project.  He has been engaged in HIV-related stigma, discrimination, criminalization and empowerment issues since the earliest days of the epidemic.  

Robert Suttle

Robert Suttle

| Assistant Director

Prior to joining Sero in March, 2012, Suttle was a case manager and prevention specialist at the Philadelphia Center, in Shreveport, Louisiana, working with young African American men who have sex with men.  Robert was released from a Louisiana prison in January, 2011, after accepting a plea bargain and serving six months for a conviction under Louisiana’s so-called “Intentional Exposure to AIDS Virus” statute.  Suttle was prosecuted after he and a former partner, with whom he had a contentious relationship, stopped seeing each other.  The partner, who had previously threatened to file charges against Suttle, then went to the police and did so.  

Laurel Sprague

Laurel Sprague

| Research Director

Laurel Sprague is Sero’s Research Director and works with grassroots and community-based organizations to conduct qualitative and quantitative program evaluation to support participatory, community-based research projects. She has provided technical assistance to local, national, and global organizations and to networks of people living with HIV throughout the US and Canada, as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, working with GNP+, UNAIDS, USAID, and others. Laurel teaches in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University and is a PhD candidate at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her research focuses on the resiliency and capability of HIV-positive people, particularly when faced with HIV stigma and discrimination, criminalization, human rights abuses. She is the Regional Coordinator for GNP+NA and has lived with HIV for 20+ years.

Joseph Glazebrook

Joseph Glazebrook

| Legal Advisor

Joseph Glazebrook is a founding partner of Glazebrook & Moe, LLP, in Des Moines, Iowa, and serves as a pro bono legal advisor to the Sero Project.

He practices primarily in the areas of criminal, civil rights, and employment law and has been involved in several HIV criminalization cases.  In Rhoades v. State of Iowa,  he and his colleague, Dan Johnston, fought for the rights of an individual who faced a discriminatory and draconian criminal conviction. They now are working with Lambda Legal to challenge the validity of the law itself.

Mr. Glazebrook has presented or given lectures on civil rights and the rights of people with HIV/AIDS and LGBT people in various settings, including the Des Moines Human Rights Council, as well as at conferences, such as the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Allies College Conference.  He attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and Drake University Law School, where he earned his J.D. and certificate of Constitutional Law and Civil Rights.

Cindy Stine

Cindy Stine

| Prisoners Network Coordinator

Prior to working with the Sero Project, Cindy worked for 14 years as Educational Outreach Coordinator, Empowerment and Child Advocate, and Legal and Medical Advocate for a Crisis Center working with Youth, Women and Men dealing with the issues of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. Ms. Stine sits on the board of the UDGLBT Center, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Advisory Board and the Children and Youth Advisory Board. Cindy also worked as a Financial Analysis for a major corporation for 23 years in New York City.

Reed Vreeland

Reed Vreeland

| Communications Coordinator

Reed Vreeland is the Sero Project’s Communications Coordinator and he works with Sero’s network of people living with HIV and allies to produce media, journalism and artwork that fights for freedom from HIV-related stigma, discrimination and criminalization. Reed is a former assistant editor at POZ magazine and is a member of GNP+ North America’s Young Leaders’ Caucus.

The Sero Project’s Board of Directors includes:

|Sean Strub (Milford, PA) – President
|Laurel Sprague (Ann Arbor, MI) - Vice President
|Robert Suttle (Washington, DC) – Secretary
|Tami Haught (Nashua, IA) – Treasurer
|Xavier Morales (Milford, PA)
|Cecilia C. Chung (San Francisco, CA)
|Kerry Thomas (Boise, ID)

The Sero Project’s Advisory Board is presently in formation.  Founding members include:

|Karen Bateman (Murray, UT)
|Donald Bogardus (Waterloo, IA)
|Edward Casto (Spokane, WA)
|Louis Gay (Oslo, Norway)
|Monique Howell-Moree (Charleston, SC)
|Mark Hunter (Grambling, LA)
|Mark S. King (Atlanta, GA)
|Doug McColeman (Montreal, ON)
|Lt. Col. Kenneth Pinkela (Alexandria, VA)
|David Plunkett (Albany, NY)
|Nick Rhoades (Plainfield, IA)
|Joseph Sonnabend MD (London, England)
|Lisa Tiger (Santa Fe, NM)

 

The Sero Project’s fiscal sponsor is the Creative Visions Foundation, a publicly supported 501(c)3, which supports activists who use the power of media and the arts to affect positive change in the world.  All donations are tax deductible.  Donations can be made here or checks can be made payable to “Creative Visions Foundation” with a memo notation “HIV/Sero” and mailed to The Sero Project, P.O. Box 1233, Milford, PA  18337.

Sero is grateful for the financial support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the H. van Ameringen Foundation, John Swaner and Gregory Whiting and more than 100 individual donors across the country.