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October 30, 2015

SALUD: Red Ribbon Week Brings Awareness, Education to Drug-Related Violence
By Nicole Akoukou Thompson

According to the Drug Policy Alliance, the devastation caused by drugs is layered, and it's most detrimental for the Latino and Latin American communities, immigrant communities and other communities of color. Disproportionately, Latinos are targeted by drug law enforcement, evident by the number of drug-related arrests and drug laws designed to unduly punish individuals hailing from communities of color. Also, immigrants, children, and women are frequently casualties of the drug war. They are more likely to be criminalized, separated from their families or denied fundamental rights. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University prepared a report that claims approximately 40,000 people have been deported for drug law violations every year since 2008. In 2013, nearly 20,000 people were deported simply for the possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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