For Immigrants, HIV Criminalization Can Mean Incarceration and Deportation

by Amira Hasenbush, Bianca D.M. Wilson
October, 2016

In the new report HIV Criminalization Against Immigrants in California, Williams Institute Scholars Amira Hasenbush and Bianca D.M. Wilson, use California Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) data to explore how HIV criminal laws in California are enforced against foreign born populations.

Key Findings:

  • 15 percent of the people in California who have come into contact with the criminal justice system for HIV crimes are foreign born
  • 83 percent of those foreign born were from Mexico, Central or South America, or the Caribbean
  • 30 percent of those foreign born have some form of criminal immigration proceeding in their record — and 25 percent of those had the proceedings initiated immediately after the contact for the HIV-specific crime
  • 94 percent of immigrants who had criminal justice system contacts related to HIV-specific crimes were for solicitation while HIV-positive
  • 88 percent of foreign born individuals in the group were men (these may include transgender women incorrectly assigned male by police)

Read the press release.

Read the report.

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