One of the nation’s most vulnerable populations is young low- income women of color (Hispanic, African American, Native Americans ages 18-29.) The economics and health status of young women of color, in their prime parenting and economic years, is critical not only to their communities but the nation.
The lack of wealth of women of color creates a community of economic fault lines where their financial stability can be easily shattered and destroyed by job loss, seasonal work, reduced work hours, chronic illness, or crisis beyond their control.
As previously stated, the return of infected ex-offenders to their communities poses increased health risks for the women who reside there. The death of women of color in their prime years (economic and parenting) will result in generations of young children of color growing up without the stability of a family and place economic burdens upon local and state systems.