Blog of Rights

Locked up for Being Pregnant and HIV-Positive

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 12:24pm
I'm going to do things a little backwards here... Ordinarily, I would give you what is called a time served sentence, and...your time in prison would effectively end today....[However] I'm inclined to keep you in jail, given your medical condition and the medical condition for your child, to prevent your child from being born HIV positive. And my inclination is to sentence you until September 15, which is a time after your due date, so that you can continue to receive the necessary medicine up to the time of your delivery.

Red Cross Report on Treatment of CIA Detainees Published

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:26pm

Last night, the New York Review of Books website published the International Committee of the Red Cross's (ICRC) 40-page report on the treatment of the 14 so-called "high-value detainees" (PDF) held at Guantánamo. This is especially…

Government Should Focus on HIV Prevention, Not Promoting One Set of Religious Beliefs

By Rose Saxe, AIDS Project at 2:12pm

It's admirable that the federal government provides money to help victims of human trafficking in the United States get their lives back through the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Unfortunately, many trafficking victims have been raped, or…

New Administration Brings Opportunity to End HIV Discrimination at State Department

By Paul Cates, LGBT Project at 5:39pm

With all eyes focused on Hillary Clinton’s confirmation to the post of Secretary of State, we here at the ACLU are hopeful that there will be some changes in how the new leadership at the State Department treats people with HIV.

Late last…

Lifting the "Gag" on Trafficking Services

By Priscilla Huang, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum at 2:48pm

In 2006, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded a multi-million dollar contract to the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to administer subgrants to organizations that directly serve trafficking survivors. Federal…

Respecting Individual Conscience

By Jon O'Brien, President, Catholics for Choice at 1:35pm

Victims of human trafficking must be ensured access to the reproductive health care they need. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act funds organizations that provide direct services to trafficking victims. However, the organization that administers…

Show Some Compassion

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:36am

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Every year, more than 14,000 individuals, predominantly women, are brought into the United States annually and exploited for their labor, including in the…

Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Prisoners in Alabama Continues

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:40pm

Today the Associated Press reported on an issue that our National Prison Project has been working on since late last year. Alabama is the only state in the nation that continues to discriminate against HIV-positive prisoners, including, as this…