213163 Growth of Immigrant Detention around the Globe

Monday, November 9, 2009: 1:30 PM

Homer D. Venters, MD , General Internal Medicine, New York University, New York, NY
Most developed nations routinely detain a considerable number of persons for violation of immigration laws. These detainees often fall into an area of legal limbo that may include unclear rights to receive medical care. Problems with medical care for immigrant detainees have been widely reported, particularly across Europe, Australia and the U.S. The European Union has recently moved to standardize length and conditions of detention for member states, a change that may simultaneously increase medical standards in some nations as well as the length of detention. This talk will provide an overview of common challenges to medical care for immigrant detainees, including the role of private for-profit detention canters, legal & medical standards and oversight of detainee health.

Learning Objectives:
1. Compare medical care for detained immigrants across developed nations. 2. Asses the potential for improving medical care for detained immigrants in various regions of the world.

Keywords: Immigrants, Refugees

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: expertise in immigration detention
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.