Health and Human Rights Fact-finding Mission to Haiti

The Issue in Brief

There is growing attention in the United States to the effects of discriminatory policies against HIV/AIDS positive Haitian immigrants, particularly in their home communities.

In close collaboration with the Human Rights Institute and the Georgetown Human Rights Action group, O’Neill Institute staff joined a group of Georgetown students on a fact-finding mission to Haiti to gather data on the specific human rights effects of U.S. policy on HIV-positive individuals trying to emigrate from Haiti.

This trip has produced findings that will now be used to help immigration advocates to more effectively develop asylum claims and waiver applications for relief from deportation. Findings are also being used to help advocate for a change in U.S. immigration policy, which is currently being considered in Congress.


Selected Publications

Gostin, Lawrence O., and Susan C. Kim. “Ethical Allocation of Preexposure HIV Prophylaxis.” Journal of the American Medical Association 305, no. 2 (2011): 191–92. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/content/305/2/191.full.pdf.
Kim, Susan C., Stephen Becker, Carl Dieffenbach, Blair S. Hanewall, Catherine Hankins, Ying-Ru Lo, John W. Mellors, et al. “Planning for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis to Prevent HIV Transmission: Challenges and Opportunities.” Journal of the International AIDS Society 13 (July 12, 2010): 24. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2914050/.

Thematic Area: Health and Human Rights

Status: Completed


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