Legal defense groups filed a complaint of irregularities on behalf of a nurse in a detention center Immigration and Customs Control (ICE), which documents “discordant medical negligence” within the facility, including the denial of coronavirus testing and an “exorbitant” rate of hysterectomies performed on immigrants.
The case belongs to the nurse, Dawn Wooten, who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia, operated by LaSalle Corrections, a private prison company, reported Law and Crime.
“Several women came forward to tell Project South what they perceived to be the inordinate rate at which ICDC women undergo hysterectomies, a surgical operation in which all or part of the uterus is removed.”, indicates the report. “Many of the immigrant women who underwent the procedure were ‘confused’ when asked to explain why they underwent the surgery, and one of the detainees compared their treatment to prisoners in concentration camps.”
The complaint was filed with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network.
“Recently, an immigrant detainee told Project South that she had spoken to five different women detained at the ICDC between October and December 2019 who underwent a hysterectomy.”says the complaint.
It is added that the women were “confused” as to why they had had the procedure that would prevent them from having babies again.
“When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp. It was as if they were experimenting with our bodies, ”said the immigrant.
The report notes that the ICDC used a particular gynecologist, outside of the facility, who almost always chose to remove all or part of the uterus of his detained patients.
ICE dismissed the allegations, noting that they are “anonymous, unproven allegations, made without any specific details”, adding that they should be treated with “appropriate skepticism.”
Even if the immigration agency rejects the accusations, the OIG must continue with the investigation.
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