Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-03-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  TODAY'S BUZZ

NIJC calls on government to stop detaining HIV positive immigrants
From a NIJC news release
2011-12-01

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO (December 1, 2011) — Today, on World AIDS Day 2011, Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is launching a campaign to end the inhumane detention of immigrants and asylum seekers living with HIV. While detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), HIV positive immigrants face conditions that violate both international human rights norms and DHS's federal detention standards. In particular, these individuals are routinely deprived of critical medical care for prolonged periods of time, transported between facilities without regard to their ongoing medical needs, and housed in conditions that subject them to increased risk of illness and infection.

"HIV positive immigrants should not have to choose between fighting their immigration cases from a jail where their health is seriously compromised on the one hand and accepting deportation to countries where they face persecution and near certain death on the other," says Keren Zwick, the supervising attorney for NIJC's LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative.

NIJC's client, Karolina, a transgender woman with advanced AIDS, has been detained for more than 21 months. In addition to battling AIDS and its associated symptoms, Karolina has experienced extreme depression and anxiety while in DHS custody. To alleviate these humanitarian concerns, NIJC requested that Karolina be released from detention while her immigration case works its way through the court system. DHS has failed to respond to this request made nearly two months ago.

Alexis, a gay teenager from Mexico whom NIJC also represents, learned of his diagnosis shortly before he was taken into DHS custody. Although he immediately informed jail staff of his status, he received no treatment for nearly six weeks. In the two months since Alexis was taken into custody, he has been housed in five facilities in three states. Because of these frequent transfers, he has experienced lapses in his medical treatment.

World AIDS Day provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. government to end detention of immigrants and asylum seekers living with HIV, and to ensure fair and humane treatment of all individuals.

Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center is a Chicago-based nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation and public education. For more information visit www.immigrantjustice.org .


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Emotion regulation vital to HIV/STI prevention in Black teens with mental illness 2017-03-27
Famed psychotherapist George Weinberg dies 2017-03-26
PRCC hosts panel discussion featuring queer Cuban leaders 2017-03-25
In loss for Trump, House pulls legislation to repeal Obamacare 2017-03-24
AHCA pulled from vote, ACLU and HRC applaud the outcome 2017-03-24
Aging in America, advocates discuss aging issues, feds' 'erasure' threat 2017-03-22
National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice 2017-03-22
Affordable Care Act before House March 23, actions planned 2017-03-21
AHCA would harm LGBTs, people with HIV per Fenway Institute analysis 2017-03-17
Trump's budget would hurt HIV and STDs response, national non-partisan health groups say 2017-03-16
Center relaunches therapy group for LGBT violence survivors 2017-03-15
Social worker to be honored as leader 2017-03-15
Chicago has an opioid epidemic, local agencies battle growing crisis 2017-03-15
AIDS care nurse's life is rendered in comic-book form 2017-03-15
Report Calls for Fighting Poverty, Treating Trauma as Solutions to Violence 2017-03-15
NUNN ON ONE 'Fitness Marshall' weighs in on boyfriend, Britney 2017-03-14
DHS overtime policy passed, disabled and caregivers face uncertainty 2017-03-14
Mothers speak against DHS's plan to separate families at the border 2017-03-12
LGBT ally Cepek suffers brain injury 2017-03-08
Groups comment on Congress' first steps to repeal Obamacare 2017-03-08
LGBTs and people living with HIV have much at stake in ACA reform debate 2017-03-08
HIV and Aging at Alphawood Gallery March 22 2017-03-07
South Side Swell, LGBTQ+ services happy hour, March 17 2017-03-07
90 Days, 90 Voices calls for stories in response to Trump's new immigration ban 2017-03-06
Yelp helps find gender neutral restrooms, joins amicus brief supporting Grimm 2017-03-03
Circumcision survey finds long-term harm says gay researcher 2017-03-02
Poll finds one in eight California voters identifies as LGBT 2017-03-02
CampOut, LGBT family camp, returns for second summer 2017-03-02
VIEWS Danger, relapse ahead 2017-03-01
Broadway Youth Center launches Uptown location 2017-02-22
Gender identity, sexual orientation, genetics boundaries researched 2017-02-21
CHIRLA calls for response to Trump administration mass deportation dragnet 2017-02-21
CTA denies immigration component to Lake View security checks 2017-02-18
More than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers; 36,000 have participated in DACA 2017-02-17
LGBTQs join "A Day Without Immigrants," condemn raids on immigrant communities 2017-02-16
Transgender survivor of domestic violence arrested by ICE in Texas 2017-02-16
Astraea Foundation sets Uprising of Love Fund for most urgent LGBTQI organizing 2017-02-16
Bisexual Resource Center to celebrate Bisexual Health Awareness Month 2017-02-15
Strive Village fitness facility: 'Unapologetically intense' 2017-02-15
Anti-racism series March 31-May 20 2017-02-14
 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.