Karla Lopez is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Action Center, a non-profit law and policy organization that fights discrimination against people with addiction, HIV/AIDS, and criminal records. At the Legal Action Center, Karla represents clients facing such discrimination; and counsels health and social services providers, as well as state and federal governments, on their obligations under anti-discrimination and privacy laws. Karla has also conducted trainings on behalf of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration about the confidentiality of alcohol and drug treatment records, with a focus on special issues arising in the context of electronic health records and integrated care. Prior to joining the Legal Action Center, Karla worked on criminal justice reform at the Open Society Institute and Policy Center. Karla received her B.A. from Bard College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar.
Recent Posts by Karla Lopez
Discrimination Against Patients With Substance Use Disorders Remains Prevalent And Harmful: The Case For 42 CFR Part 2
42 CFR Part 2 provides bedrock protections for people with substance use disorders. As our country faces an unprecedented epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose, we must ensure that fear of discrimination does not deter people from seeking treatment.