The Human Rights Abuses Against Black and Brown Women Occurring at ICE Detention Facilities Must Stop

By M. Isabelle Chaudry ‌In September 2020, news broke that doctors were performing hysterectomies without informed consent on women held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia. Several immigrant women have reported concerns that a large number of immigrant women were subjected to a hysterectomy while detained at ICDC. (Hysterectomy … Continued

The Passage of the CROWN Act Will be a Win for Black Women and Girl’s Health

By M. Isabelle Chaudry  This month, in response to feedback from employees and the community condemning discriminatory dress code and appearance policies, UPS announced they will allow workers to have facial hair and natural hairstyles. While this is fantastic news, it begs the question – why does this even need to be a conversation?    … Continued

Cosmetics and Personal Care Products and Women’s Health: A Closer Look at Menstruation, Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Reproductive Health

By‌ ‌M.‌ ‌Isabelle‌ ‌Chaudry‌ ‌‌ Hormones‌ ‌play‌ ‌important‌ ‌roles‌ ‌in‌ ‌every‌ ‌stage‌ ‌of‌ ‌women’s‌ ‌lives,‌ ‌affecting‌ ‌our‌ ‌maturation‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌‌ our‌ ‌reproductive‌ ‌system‌ ‌works.‌ ‌The‌ ‌way‌ ‌hormones‌ ‌function,‌ ‌as‌ ‌they‌ ‌travel‌ ‌around‌ ‌your‌ ‌body‌ ‌via‌‌the‌ ‌endocrine‌ ‌system,‌ ‌is‌ ‌harmed‌ ‌by‌ ‌exposure‌ ‌to‌ ‌“endocrine-disrupting‌ ‌chemicals”‌ ‌(EDCs).‌ ‌Toxic‌‌chemicals‌ ‌and‌ ‌EDCs‌ ‌interfere‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌endocrine‌ ‌system’s‌ ‌functioning‌ ‌and‌ ‌include‌ … Continued

In the Absence of Meaningful Cosmetics Legislation, it’s Best to Avoid Talc

By‌ ‌M.‌ ‌Isabelle‌ ‌Chaudry‌ ‌ ‌ Asbestos-contaminated‌ ‌talc‌ ‌in‌ ‌household‌ ‌products‌ ‌continues‌ ‌to‌ ‌sicken‌ ‌and‌ ‌kill‌ ‌innocent‌ ‌consumers‌ ‌who‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌know‌ ‌the‌ ‌cancer-causing‌ ‌danger‌ ‌lurking‌ ‌in‌ ‌their‌ ‌medicine‌ ‌cabinet.‌ ‌Most‌ ‌people‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌ know‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌talc‌ ‌found‌ ‌in‌ ‌everyday‌ ‌products‌ ‌like‌ ‌baby‌ ‌powder‌ ‌and‌ ‌makeup‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌contaminated‌ ‌with‌ ‌asbestos,‌ ‌with‌ ‌devastating‌ ‌results.‌ ‌ … Continued

As COVID-19 Vaccine Manufactures Race to the Finish Line, Ensuring Diverse Participation, Safety and Ethics in Clinical Trials is Essential

COVID-19 has all but shut down America. As many as 70 percent of small businesses have experienced prolonged closures; 22 million jobs were lost during the pandemic, and only 42 percent of them have been regained; and 47 states have allowed school districts to continue some form of remote learning, due to the threat of … Continued

How Do We Disrupt the Incredible Burden of COVID-19’s Impact on Communities of Color?

During an April White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Health (NIH) was asked about reports of health disparities and racial divides experienced during the COVID-19 outbreak. Fauci acknowledged what many public health experts unfortunately already knew. He said that “underlying medical conditions, [including] diabetes, hypertension, obesity, [and] … Continued

Congressional Hearing — The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

Statement from M. Isabelle Chaudry, Esq. Senior Policy Manager  National Women’s Health Network Hearing on The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color House Ways and Means Committee Even in the early stages of what is likely to be a long pandemic, it’s clear that vulnerable populations (economically, historically and/or ethnic) are disproportionately suffering … Continued

As COVID-19 Continues to Spread, It’s Important to Make Safe and Healthy Cosmetic and Personal Care Products Choices

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact everyone, it is imperative that consumers make safe choices with regard to the personal care and beauty products they use. The virus can be deadly, especially for those with suppressed immune systems. Doctors have advised avoiding potential exposure to the virus, for example by washing hands frequently and … Continued