Homeland Security Department Provides Inadequate Care, Treatment to HIV-Positive People at Immigration Detention Centers, Report Says
December 10, 2007
The Department of Homeland Security provides inadequate care and treatment to HIV-positive detainees at immigration detention centers nationwide, according to a report released recently by Human Rights Watch, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the Times, the report was released in response to the death of an HIV-positive inmate at a San Pedro, Calif., detention center (Griggs, Los Angeles Times, 12/8).
The "U.S. government has no idea how many of these immigrants have HIV or AIDS, how many need treatment and how many are receiving the care that is necessary," McLemore said. She added that DHS "needs to upgrade their policies and more closely monitor and ensure effective treatment for immigrants living with HIV or AIDS. ... Otherwise these individuals will continue to suffer, and even die, in the care of the U.S. government" (AFP/Google.com, 12/8).
Virginia Kice, spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the agency has not fully reviewed the report but generally disagrees with its findings. She added, "Ensuring the welfare and safety of those in our custody is one of our top priorities" (AP/Google.com, 12/8). According to the Times, government or privately contracted facilities house about 30,000 undocumented immigrants daily (Los Angeles Times, 12/8).
The report is available online.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.