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The Brennan Center is challenging funding restrictions put on organizations that receive Global AIDS Act funding.

Published: February 27, 2007

Chal­len­ging Global AIDS Fund­ing Restric­tions


DKT v. USAID is the Bren­nan Center’s first case chal­len­ging the govern­ment’s anti-pros­ti­tu­tion pledge require­ment, filed on August 11, 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Center is assist­ing in the repres­ent­a­tion of DKT Inter­na­tional with Jenner & Block serving as lead coun­sel.

DKT was denied fund­ing when it explained that for First Amend­ment and public health policy reas­ons, it would refuse to adopt a policy parrot­ing the govern­ment’s “anti-pros­ti­tu­tion” ideo­logy. One of the largest providers of HIV/AIDS services world­wide, DKT oper­ates programs in Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indone­sia, Malay­sia, Mexico, Phil­ip­pines, Sudan, and Viet­nam. DKT has sued the United States Agency for Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment (“USAID”).