National, state and international organizations sign-on to urge CDC to expedite publication of ACIP criteria in the Federal Register

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Published: Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

March 18, 2009

Richard H. Besser, M.D.
Acting Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333

RE: HPV Vaccination Mandate for Immigrant Women and Girls

Dear Dr. Besser:

The undersigned, over 125 immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, public health, medical, and reproductive justice organizations write to urge you to expedite the publishing of the proposed criteria for identifying Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended vaccines as immunization requirements for immigrants in the Federal Register.

At the February 25-26 ACIP meeting, the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) proposed criteria for identifying ACIP recommended vaccines as immunization requirements for immigrants. We are encouraged by this proposal and feel that it is an appropriate response to the recent controversy surrounding the HPV vaccination mandate on immigrants. We have learned, however, that while the proposal has been drafted for publication in the Federal Register, publication has been stalled.

In our January 26th letter to you (enclosed), we outlined our concerns about the HPV vaccination mandate on immigrants, and would like to remind you of the urgency of the situation. We have received inquiries and reports from concerned families and young women who have opted to postpone their adjustment of status applications in order to avoid compliance with the mandate. Immigrant women and their families should not have to choose between delaying their path toward residency and U.S. citizenship, and meeting this burdensome and unnecessary requirement.

We urge you to act immediately to clear the proposal for publication in the Federal Register and begin the process of correcting this mandate.

Thank you for your consideration. We welcome the opportunity for further communication on this issue. Please contact Priscilla Huang at, or (301) 270-4440, with questions or concerns.


International Organizations

International Women’s Health Coalition

National Organizations

Advocates for Youth

American Immigration Lawyers Association

American Medical Student Association

American Social Health Association

Americans for Democratic Action

Asian American Justice Center

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Black Alliance for Just Immigration

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

Center for Reproductive Rights

Center for Women Policy Studies

Choice USA

Church World Service, Immigration and Refugee Program

Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP)

Gynecological Cancer Foundation

Ibis Reproductive Health

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Legal Momentum

Migrant Health Promotion

National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center

National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association

National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD)

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council of La Raza

National Health Law Program

National Immigration Law Center

National Institute for Reproductive Health

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

National Network of Abortion Funds

National Organization for Women

Nonviolent Choice Directory

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Women’s Health Network

OCA Embracing the Hopes and Aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans

Our Bodies Ourselves

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP)

Project PAP (Prevention Awareness Program) National Group

Quirky Black Girls

Reproductive Health Technologies Project

SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective

South Asian Americans Leading Together

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The MergerWatch Project

The Praxis Project

United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

Women of Color Resource Center

State/Local Organizations

ACCESS/Women’s Health Rights Coalition

Act for Women and Girls

African Services Committee

American Friends Service Committee, Philadelphia, Pa

Asian Law Caucus

Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California


Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Institute, North Carolina Central University School of Law

California Academy of Family Physicians

California Family Health Council, Inc.

California National Organization for Women

Chicago Abortion Fund

Chicago Women’s Health Center

Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, a project of the American Friends Service Committee Colorado

Colorado National Organization for Women

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity & Reproductive Rights (COLOR)

Daya, Inc. (Texas)

Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) (New York City)

Different Avenues

Entre Nosotras Foundation

Farmworker Legal Services of NY, Inc.

Feminist Women’s Health Center

Florida Coastal School of Law Immigrants Rights Clinic

HPV Awareness

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH)

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

Immigration Services, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Atlanta

Indo-American Center (Illinois)

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Refugee Immigration Project

Justice Now

Just Neighbors

Kentucky Health Justice Network

Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC), Chicago, IL

Korean Resource Center (KRC), Los Angeles, CA

Law Office of Jacqueline Tapia

LUZ: A Reproductive Justice Think Tank

Miami International Latinas Organizing for Leadership and Advocacy (MI-LOLA)

Michigan Asian Indian Family Services (Michigan)

Mitch Factors Innovation in Health & Wellness

Mujeres Latinas en Accion

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts

NARAL Pro-Choice New York

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon


Nationalities Service Center

New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice

New York City Latina Advocacy Network

Northwest Women’s Law Center

Pinay sa Seattle

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

Planned Parenthood of New York City


Refugee Forum of Orange County

Reproductive Justice Collective

Reproductive Justice Committee of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood (NJ)

Robin H. Thompson & Associates

SisterLove, Inc.

Southwest Women’s Law

Tewa Women United

The Feminist Women’s Health Centers of California

The Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies

The New York Immigration Coalition


Victims Resource Center

Women Who Care, Inc.

YWCA of the Sauk Valley

The Feminist Women’s Health Centers of California

The Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies

The New York Immigration Coalition


Victims Resource Center

Women Who Care, Inc.

YWCA of the Sauk Valley

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