Mary Jo Miller from a women’s refugee assistance group spoke at our December meeting about the problems in the dog-pens, icebox, women who are deported, for-profit detention center, and county jails. Many women are getting only one menstrual pad a day. It was reported that in a federal center women had to show their one bloody pad to male attendant in order to get another one. If clothes were stained, they didn’t get clean ones. They got only one pair of underwear a week. Toilets were not clean, people were jammed together, water was bad, food was insufficient. The First Step bill has passed and it guarantees sufficient feminine hygiene supplies in federal detention so they will be monitoring implementation. Much assistance is needed for the refugees who are being dropped at the churches.
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