Latino PLWH: Service Needs and Barriers to Care
Several respondents shared that they had heard good things about Portland’s HIV services before moving here, especially about few barriers related to a lack of documentation. The core services used by many of the respondents were the Latino case manager with Partnership Project (OHSU’s HIV case management program), Cascade AIDS Project’s Apoyo Latino Program, and Multnomah County Health Department’s HIV Health Services Center.
Service providers and prevention workers shared their experiences of working with Latinos. When asked what was unique about working with this population the following themes came to the forefront:
Documentation - eligibility for services and fear of deportation
Whether it's giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens who will hit a jogger and leaver her by the side of the road to die or passing out taxpayer funded services one thing is clear: Oregon is the official "lack of documentation" captital of the United States.
Illegal aliens "fear of deportation" is clearly unwarranted in this state.