Inaugural Brian Belt HIV Law & Policy Fellow

The Williams Institute Welcomes Inaugural Brian Belt HIV Law & Policy Fellow

The Williams Institute is honored to announce our inaugural Brian Belt HIV Law & Policy Fellow, Ayako Miyashita.  A graduate of U.C. Berkeley School of Law,  Ayako joins us with over 4 years of experience working on legal issues impacting People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA),  including discrimination, access to health care, housing, benefits, and immigration.

Most recently, as a staff attorney at the Inner City Law Center, Ayako helped incubate a federally funded program dedicated to providing legal services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS throughout Los Angeles County.  As the HIV Consumer Advocacy Project Staff Attorney at the AIDS Legal Referral Panel in San Francisco, Ayako mediated and resolved disputes between PLWHA and their Ryan White CARE-funded service providers.  And as a law clerk with the HIV-Immigration Unit of the East Bay Community Law Center Ayako helped clients with a range of immigration issues.  Ayako’s policy work has focused on Americans with Disability Act violations in the administration of public benefits, and helping lower-income PLWHA  transition to care under the Affordable Care Act.

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The Brian Belt HIV Law & Policy Fellow position was made possible through a generous endowment gift from Brian Belt. A business executive based in Colorado, Mr. Belt’s philanthropy has included organizations such as Project Angel Heart, Colorado Aids Project, and The Center