Juana Villegas DeLaPaz was nine months pregnant when a police officer pulled her over in Nashville on July 3rd, after leaving a prenatal clinic. Juana was also undocumented, and did not have a driver’s license; the resulting events were disturbing, and a clear abuse of Juana’s human rights. Though her actions did not warrant it, the police officer arrested Juana, who was then taken into ICE custody and thus not allowed to be released on bail. When Juana went into labor two days later, she was subjected to incredibly dehumanizing treatment – being cuffed to her hospital bed, being refused the use of a breast pump, having her newborn taken away from her almost immediately, and then thrown back into jail soon after – that put her health and the health of her newborn in jeopardy.
It is disturbing stories like these that emphasize the connections between immigration and reproductive justice. Visit our website to find out more about these connections.
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Contributed by Verónica Bayetti Flores, NLIRH Policy Analyst