Health Justice Commons - Medical Abuse Hotline Launch Campaign
Health Justice Commons is raising funds to create the US’s first Medical Abuse Hotline. This hotline will be available to anyone to call to report medical abuse that they or their loved ones have endured.
Why a Medical Abuse Hotline, why now?
We lost a beloved queer Latinx disability justice shero, Carrie Ann Lucas, who died this year after she was denied life-saving medication. Community members called upon the Health Justice Commons to spearhead a response that would honor Carrie Ann’s legacy. We reached out to Carrie Ann's loved ones, including her partner, Dr. Kimberley Jackson. Thus, the Medical Abuse Hotline was born — as an urgent response to the systemic and lethal medical injustices our communities and many in the US face every day.
What will the Hotline do?
EXPOSE: We will independently document and expose systemic abuse that is being invisibilized, causing unnecessary human suffering and too often life-threatening risk to our communities within the MIC. The stories and data we gather — a powerful form of data justice — will be used to generate systemic change via policies, impact litigation, organizing, and more.
CONNECT: Staff will connect callers with a wide range of resources, referrals, and advocacy tools. We believe this solidarity and witness will — in the words of hotline supporter, Dr. Ruha Benjamin -- “transform pain to power."
CREATE: the means for deeper partnerships with our communities and committed doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers to better understand patient needs for true healing and amplify their efforts to transform the Medical Industrial Complex from within.
How will the money be used?
Funds will directly support the hotline’s launch by paying for: monthly 800-number service, the creation of a one-of-a-kind database designed with community input, curriculum development and trainers for cutting edge advocacy training for hotline call responder/advocates, and hotline outreach materials, including Know Your Medical Rights information.
When will it launch?
We’ll launch our first Hotline Advocate training cohort in the Spring of 2020. Apply to join this herstoric cohort!
Our aim is to fully launch the Hotline and begin receiving calls and texts in Summer of 2020!