3088.0: Monday, November 13, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Human Rights of Incarcerated Women

Approximately 138,000 women are incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons, primarily for non-violent crimes, such as drug abuse and property crimes. These women are at serious risk for gender and ethnic discrimination; discrimination related to sexual preference; physical and sexual abuse; treatment that violates their privacy and human dignity; and the exacerbation of acute illness and complications of chronic illness due to inadequate, inappropriate, and delayed physical and mental health care, especially the lack of preventive care. The failure of the United States government to ratify and adhere to international and regional standards that protect the human rights of women and prisoners leaves incarcerated women open to violations of their basic rights to privacy, dignity, and freedom from abuse at federal, state, and local levels. Incarcerated women throughout the world are subject to human rights abuses. The session will include overviews of the human rights issues that affect incarcerated women in Europe and the US. And the international and regional standards and mechanisms that have been promulgated to protect human rights, including the record national governments in ratifying and adhering to such standards. Legal and advocacy perspectives as well as the special case of women in detention with HIV/AIDS will be addressed. The effect of the posture of national governments on the health and well being of incarcerated women will be assessed. Action steps that health care professionals can take at federal, state, and local levels will be presented
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Presider(s):Carol Easley Allen, RNPhD
2:30 PMHuman Rights of Incarcerated Women: The European Perspective
Alex Gatherer, MD
2:50 PMThe Human Rights of Incarcerated Women: The US Perspective
Alice Miller
3:10 PMThe Treatment of Incarcerated Women: HIV/AIDS
Sophia Gruskin (invited)
3:30 PMWomen in Detention: Legal and Advocacy Issues
Christine Doyle
Sponsor:APHA-International Human Rights Committee

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA