US: Immigrants in Detention at Risk

Government Lax in Monitoring Medical Care

Published on HRW Human Rights Watch, New York, October 4, 2007.

“There are nearly 30,000 immigrants detained in hundreds of prisons and jails throughout the United States,” said Megan McLemore of Human Rights Watch’s HIV/AIDS Program. “The US government has no idea how many of these immigrants have HIV/AIDS, how many need treatment, and how many are receiving care”.

The House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law is investigating the medical care provided to detained immigrants in light of recent deaths in California, Rhode Island and Texas. In a 10-page submission,
Human Rights Watch urged Subcommittee members to hold the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) accountable for its failure to ensure uniform medical care standards that comply with national and international guidelines, and for its incomplete monitoring and oversight of detention facilities … (full text).

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