Ms Drew Aiken

Institution: O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown Law
Current Insitution Location: United States of America

Email: drewlaurenaiken@gmail.com
Phone Number: (202) 662-9696, (269) 470-4304
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Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
I am an attorney who specializes in health and human rights law. In the context of migration and health law, I was the lead researcher and author of a global report on migration law and policy concerning tuberculosis, which focused on several issues including: laws restricting entry, residence and work restrictions on the basis of TB and health status; limitations on access to TB and other health services for migrants; coercive laws requiring non-citizens to undergo TB testing and treatment; and legal environments regulating migration detention, which often ineffectively prevent and address TB. Previously, I have conducted research on legal environments in the context of HIV in southern and east Africa, including laws that inadequately provide non-discriminatory access to health services for key and vulnerable populations, including migrants, and the human rights implications of legal frameworks that criminalize entry of or otherwise restrict immigration of persons with communicable diseases. Previously, I worked on a project to halt deportations to Haiti in light of the deplorable conditions after the 2010 earthquake, which put deportees at risk of poor health and detention in inhumane conditions where they were at risk of cholera. The project included litigation, research, and advocacy in regional and international forums.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
International/Cross-Border Migration
International migrant workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Health and human rights
Health law
Health of detainees/ incarceration
Health policy

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
Migration, Tuberculosis and the Law: An Urgent Need for a Rights-Based Approach 2018 Principal Investigator
Stop Deportations to Haiti project 2011 Central and North America and the CaribbeanHaiti Other precautionary measures case IACHR, report by Independent Expert on Haiti

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Migration, Tuberculosis and the Law: An Urgent Need for a Rights-Based Approach Aiken, Drew and Isbell, Mike 2018
How are immigration laws affecting efforts to fight drug-resistant TB? Aiken, Drew and Friedman, Eric 2018
Assessment of Legal and Regulatory Framework for HIV, AIDS and Tuberculosis Aiken, Chibatomoto, Grant 2017
Why community and not confinement will end TB Aiken, Drew and Friedman, Eric 2018
The UN High-Level Meeting on TB: an Opportunity for States to Implement Rights Based Approaches? Aiken, Drew 2018
Deportations to Haiti Threaten Lives and Tear Families Apart Aiken, Drew 2011
Legal Barriers, Stigma and Discrimination Drive TB Among Migrants Aiken, Drew 2018
Haitian Deportees Suffer Abuse, Inequality, Exclusion Aiken, Drew 2012