Jessica Hoffmann

Chronic Indifference: HIV/AIDS Services for Incarcerated Immigrants

Filed By Jessica Hoffmann | December 10, 2007 3:13 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Living
Tags: health care reform, HIV/AIDS, ICE, immigration, immigration detention centers, prison industrial complex

Victoria Arellano -- the trans woman with HIV who died in July after being denied decent medical care in an immigration detention facility for men -- was not an anomaly. On Friday, Human Rights Watch released a 73-page report on treatment of immigrant detainees with HIV/AIDS. They found that:

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fails to collect basic information to monitor immigrant detainees with HIV/AIDS, has sub-standard policies and procedures for ensuring appropriate HIV/AIDS care and services, and inadequately supervises the care that is provided. The consequence of this willful indifference is poor care, untreated infection, increased risk of resistance to HIV medications, and even death.

Read the full report here.

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But the question is: "Do you think things will improve?" What's your opinion?

I wonder if this will change anything.

Report after report can be released, but if no one does anything...

to alex:
well, solid documentation of the problem can be a big help to activists and organizers in getting wider attention paid to it and pushing for change.

and to bil:
do i believe there will be a quick change in ICE policy? no, the history and present state of the US prison-industrial complex and health-care disaster don't suggest that. do i think it's worth bringing attention to the problem and organizing for change in many ways, from many fronts? absolutely.