Advocates, Experts Discussing Allegations of Inadequate Treatment of HIV-Positive Immigrants
August 6, 2008
Researchers, immigration experts and human rights advocates at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City are discussing claims that some HIV-positive immigrants in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody do not receive appropriate medications regularly, the AP/New York Daily News reports (Watson, AP/New York Daily News, 8/4).
ICE spends approximately $100 million each year on medical, dental and mental health services for its detainees, the AP/Daily News reports. Out of the 1.5 million people who have been in ICE's custody since the agency's founding in 2003, 71 have died. According to officials, the number of deaths last year decreased to seven, despite a rise in the detainee population. A June 11 report issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security found that ICE's standards equaled those of other detention agencies. However, the report recommended that ICE improve oversight and screening procedures, as well as fill clinical staff shortages at detention centers (AP/New York Daily News, 8/4).
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