Jan. 2004
Independent journalist Liam Scheff publishes an article, “The House That AIDS Built,” on
indymedia.org revealing the testing of powerful HIV drugs on foster children at the Incarnation Children’s Center.

Feb. 29, 2004
The city’s Administration for Children’s Services acknowledges that 50 children were used in 13
experiments involving AIDS drugs
March 8, 2004
The National Institutes of Health rejects a Freedom of Information Act request from the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP) for reports on trials conducted
at Incarnation, citing “trade secrets.”

Nov. 30, 2004
The BBC broadcasts “Guinea Pig Kids” in the UK, based on the allegations levied by Scheff and AHRP, sparking outrage, protests and calls for public hearings.

April 2005
ACS admits that 465 children had been involved in trials, and requests the Vera Institute of Justice to investigate the conduct and outcomes of the trials.

May 23, 2005
AHRP faults Columbia University Medical Center for failure to document the justification for enrollment of foster children in trials, parental consent and equitable selection of subjects.

Sept. 8, 2005
The New York State Assembly Committees on Children and Families and Health convene a hearing on the charges.