18 Dead At Private Immigration Prisons, And Other News

By The News Jun 11, 2009

Private Prisons for Immigrants Lack Accountability Between 2003 and 2009, 18 people died in detention centers operated by the Corrections Corporation of America, a private company contracted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE has yet to investigate some of the deaths and has offered the corporation new contracts in other locations across the US. Women of Color Fare Worst in Health Ten years after U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher called for the end of racial disparities in health, a new report shows that women of color in nearly every state still fare worse than white women. The Kaiser Family Foundation study shows women of color have higher rates of heart disease, AIDS and other chronic illnesses with Alaskan and American Indian women with the highest rates. AIDS Advocates Turn to Race Pre-dominantly white-led AIDS organizations are learning a few things from people of color working in AIDS advocacy and service work. Cultural differences, poverty and language barriers are just becoming issues that white-led AIDS organizations are thinking about as people of color work harder in their communities to provide resources and support. Muslim School At Center of Controversy Fairfax, Virginia is an uproar over its Islamic Saudi Academy. The school is awaiting approval from the city council to start another academic year but some local parents say it is “a training place for young impressionable Muslim students in some of the most extreme and most fanatical teachings of Islam.”