Tales of a Flow Stayed by Nothing: Menstruation in Immigration Detention

8 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2021 Last revised: 2 Jan 2022

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Kit Johnson

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: December 27, 2021

Abstract

Most female migrants who are held in the U.S. civil immigration detention are of menstruating age. Yet many face difficulties in obtaining the products needed to manage their periods as well as related medical care.

The fact that the federal government has not consistently met their obligation to provide migrant women and girls within their charge with adequate period supplies and related medical care highlights the problematic way in which civil immigration detention, ostensibly designed not to punish, nevertheless impermissibly punishes female migrants.

Keywords: immigration, menstruation, detention, jail. incarceration, prison, female, period

JEL Classification: K1, K37

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Kit, Tales of a Flow Stayed by Nothing: Menstruation in Immigration Detention (December 27, 2021). 42 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law Online 1 (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3994821 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3994821

Kit Johnson (Contact Author)

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