Human Trafficking, Illegal Immigrants and HIV/AIDS

Personal Rights, Public Protection

  • Pamela Stowers Johansen California State University, Chico


Human trafficking or “modern day slavery” has been the subject of increasing media and public policy attention. This single case study is an illustration of the complex policy and practice issues involving immigration, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases create ethical, legal, and economic dilemmas for health care practitioners serving undocumented immigrants. This paper provides an overview of policies impacting immigrants with HIV/AIDS, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, and potential “real life” implications of these policies. Suggestions for policy and practice that may provide both individual justice and protection of the larger society are offered. Health education, both domestic and on a global level, has potential to reduce the risks to both individuals and community public health.
How to Cite
Johansen, P. S. (2006). Human Trafficking, Illegal Immigrants and HIV/AIDS: Personal Rights, Public Protection. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 4(3), 34-41.

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