The State of Latinos in the Deep South: Being Visible by Piercing the Stigma Veil

White Papers and Reports

The Latino population is projected to rise to approximately 129 million people by the year 2060, with a huge shift toward the southern states. HIV/AIDS is a growing problem there, and people in these states are more likely to die from the virus due to disparities in access to health care.

This article addresses the specific problems Latinos encounter living in the southern U.S. and emphasizes the need to: eliminate public policies that promote stigma; enhance health care accessibility; and increase community mobilization efforts. Moreover, it analyzes legislation, enacted and proposed by southern states, that impacts the lives of Latinos in those states and concludes that they have unique needs that must be addressed not only nationally, but also locally.