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March 2007 Issue Guide

On October 4, 2005, the United States Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2005 by unanimous consent. The vote in the House on September 28, was 415 to 4-showing overwhelming bipartisan support. The 2005 version of VAWA focused on improving services to communities of color, rural, and immigrant populations. Violence against women and children is a health and social justice issue. We know that women of color, women with disabilities, poor and homeless women, and immigrant women are at a higher risk for being victimized. These women also have more difficulty accessing services that are culturally and linguistically competent, or that provide adequate accommodations for individuals with disabilities. VAWA of 2005 includes some new provisions for comprehensive housing needs and funding for prevention and training services that will help crisis centers, law enforcement and the criminal justice system improve their response to our communities. However, currently VAWA does not have the necessary funding appropriated to address violence against women and children, especially in communities of color.

February 2007 Issue Guide

"To compound the problem [of HIV infection rates in prison], spouses and significant others of inmates are exposed-generally unwittingly-when the inmates (now HIV+) are released from prison, thereby increasing HIV infection rates among certain populations, especially women of color." According to a U.S. Department of Justice 2001 study, 3.2% of female inmates are HIV positive and more African American women in prison are HIV positive than their white counterparts. We know that whether incarcerated or in the community, Black women are the fastest growing group of new HIV infections. Advocacy groups are calling for: (1) more prevention education and provision of barrier devices (e.g. condoms) to inmates; and (2) a thorough look at how HIV positive women are treated in prison. Women in prison are three times more likely to be HIV positive than incarcerated men and the proportion of inmates with HIV is much higher than the proportion of HIV infected persons in the general population.

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