Anne-christine D'Adesky

Anne-Christine d'Adesky
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Anne-Christine d'Adesky is an American journalist and activist.[1]

Early life and education

D'Adesky is a New York native.[2] She has written that her father was born in Haiti and that her extended family still lives there. She spent her childhood summers in Haiti.[3] She has said that she is of French and Haitian descent.[4] D'Adesky earned a master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1982 and a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College in New York City in 1979.[5]


As a journalist, d'Adesky has been a foreign correspondent in Haiti working as a stringer for the San Francisco Examiner and the Village Voice. She wrote about HIV/AIDS for various newspapers, including the New York Native and In These Times, and later, magazines including The Advocate.[6]

She was Senior Editor at Out magazine in the mid-1990s in charge of health coverage, and also wrote investigative features and long-form profiles. In 1998, she launched HIV Plus magazine, where she served as founding editor in chief for two years before the magazine was sold to The Advocate. She then turned to writing a series on global AIDS for the newsletter of the amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. She also wrote about AIDS for magazines such as SEED and The Nation, newspapers such as The San Francisco Examiner, and health agencies such as the World Health Organization.

In 2003 she co-produced Pills, Profits, Protest: Chronicle of the Global AIDS Movement, a documentary about global AIDS treatment activism.[7]

As an activist, d'Adesky has been active in the peace and women's movements and attended the Seneca Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice, where she protested the presence of nuclear cruise missiles on US soil. She was an early member of ACT UP[6] who participated in the first Wall Street protest, and other famous actions, demanding faster access to life-saving HIV medications, and later, access to HIV drugs for people living in poor countries.

D'Adesky is one of the six founders of The Lesbian Avengers, which began in New York City in 1992 as "a direct action group focused on issues vital to lesbian survival and visibility."[2][8][9][10][11][12][13]

In 2003, d'Adesky began humanitarian work in Africa, focusing on the issue of gender-based violence linked to HIV/AIDS and the use of rape in war in East Africa. She launched and served as co-founder and co-executive director of a global initiative WE-ACTx, based in San Francisco and Kigali, that says it helps Rwandan women affected by HIV/AIDS who are survivors of genocidal rape, and orphans.[1] WE-ACTx works in partnership with the Rwandan government and 24 non-governmental organizations to provide free, comprehensive HIV care, including free drugs and services to over 6,000 Rwandans (as of mid-2008). Many widows of the genocide who survived mass rape and are living with HIV/AIDS as a result. The organization has spawned a sister organization, WE-ACTx for Hope, with an all-Rwandan staff of 60 that operates three clinics in Kigali.


  • 2004 Moving Mountains: The Race to Treat Global AIDS (Verso, updated, ppbk 2006)
  • 1994 Under the Bone (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)


  • 2003 Pills, Profits, and Protest (documentary)[14]


  • 2000 amfAR’s inaurugural Award of Courage for "pioneering public information about HIV/AIDS"[14]


References and notes

External links

  • PotoFanm website - does not exist as of October 2013
  • PotoFanm+Fi website
  • WE-ACTx website
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