Still Not Out Of "El Pozo": Immigrants With Mental Disabilities Face Continuing Threats to Their Health and Human Rights
Confinement in detention is among the most painful indignities that a mentally ill immigrant can suffer.
Today, October 6, marks the one-year anniversary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) announcement that it would undertake major reforms of the immigration detention system.
Recent revelations that the US government conducted medical experiments in the 1940s in which Guatemalan soldiers, prisoners, and mental patients were intentionally infected with syphilis, gonorrhea, and other sexually transmitted diseases are truly horrific, and have generated widespread outrage and remorse.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) have sent a letter to the Saudi Minister of Health to support Saudi physicians and hospitals who have refused to inflict punitive harm on their patients.
In the past 10 years, more than 100,000 US children---all of them full-fledged citizens---have suffered the destabilizing effects of losing one or both parents to deportation. According to the American Psychological Association, children who lose a caretaker face notably heightened risk of psychological distress, developmental delay and poor physical health.