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BREAKING: Arson Destroys Women’s HIV Center In New Orleans

Late Thursday night, fire consumed the offices of  Women With A Vision, a New Orleans-based center that provides HIV prevention and advocacy services for lower-income and at-risk women.

“The worst damage was concentrated in our community organizing and outreach office where we store all of the resources we use to educate our community,” said WWAV director Deon Haywood. “We lost everything. We do not have an office to operate out of right now. Most of our office equipment and all of our educational resources were destroyed. Because of the targeted nature, we can only assume that this was intentional.”

It may have been an act of spite: According to Housing Works, WWAV recently won a lawsuit on behalf of people who were convicted of prostitution and charged with “crimes against nature” (based on an 1802 law that banned homosexuality and other sex acts).

In essence this ranked prostitution as a sex-offender-class crime, limiting housing and employment options for those convicted and  requiring them to register as sex offenders.

Source/Photo: Housing Works blog