Report Criticizes Care of Detainees With AIDS

A new report by a civil rights groups says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides inadequate care for illegal immigrant detainees with HIV or AIDS.

Human Rights Watch issued the report to encourage the government
to improve its screening and treatment of infected detainees at government or privately contracted facilities that house about 30,000 immigrants daily.

The survey was prompted by the July death of a transgender inmate at a San Pedro facility.

Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, says the agency disagreed with the report's findings.
Kice says that "ensuring the welfare and safety of those in our custody is one of our top priorities."

McLemore interviewed current and former detainees, and Homeland
Security and detention facility officials in California, Alabama, New Jersey, Virginia and several other states.
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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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AP-NY-12-08-07 0356EST


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