Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, June 19, 2009

Incarceration for HIV-Positive Pregnant Immigrant

An immigrant woman from Cameroon was arrested for allegedly having false immigration documents. Shortly after her arrest, she learned she was both pregnant and HIV positive. On May 14, 2009, a US District Court Judge extended Ms. Tuleh's sentence to 238 days in prison to ensure that she remain incarcerated for the duration of her pregnancy.   This week,the  U.S. District judge on Monday ordered that she be released on personal recognizance bail while her appeal to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is pending in Boston. 

The emergency amicus brief filed by the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, the Center for HIV Law and Policy and attorneys Elizabeth Frankel and Valerie Wright of the Maine firm Verrill Dana, LLP on behalf of  Ms. Tuleh is available online.

Read the news report in the Bangor Daily News. (last visited June 18, 2009 bgf)

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