Arson Attack Suspected in New Orleans Women’s Clinic Fire

A New Orleans health center was destroyed in a suspicious fire last week.

By Jorge Rivas May 29, 2012

A New Orleans health center with a focus on community health education and outreach for women and transgender people was destroyed in a suspicious fire early Friday morning. The Women With A Vision office’s worst damage was concentrated in room where the group stored all of the resources they use to educate their community and the organization’s leaders are calling it a hate crime. According to the [Women With A Vision website]( their mission is to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being. Deon Haywood, executive director of Women With a Vision told the [Times Picayune]( her clients are people who are the least likely to be helped by other groups — poor, often homeless, working in the sex trade, and previously incarcerated. Haywood went on to point out their Mid-City office is often the first stop for women just released from Orleans Parish Prison. "They really help the people no one else will," Bill Quigley, an attorney for the organization told the Times Picayune. He described it as a hate crime. Quiqley pointed out a laptop computer and a television were stolen but many other items were left behind that would likely have been taken if the motive were purely robbery. Quigley described the event to the Times Picayne as a hate crime.