Strong protest against ICE and hysterectomy

On May 1, doctors protested outside the detention center in Pompano Beach, Florida, demanding that ICE release immigrants in detention and ensure that they receive coronavirus testing and treatment. | Joe Raedle / Getty Images

The latest developments indicate that detention center nurses' reports and complaints are part of a broader model.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service is facing charges that women are detained in a facility of the Osila institution.

The allegations began with nurse Dawn Wooten, who filed a complaint on Monday, citing concerns about the seemingly high number of hysterectomies performed by immigrants detained at the facility. 19659005] Since then, many women have provided their first-hand information. According to her lawyer and medical records shared with Vox, a former detainee Pauline Binam had her fallopian tubes removed without her consent. The Associated Press found three other women on Friday who allegedly underwent surgery and other procedures. They "never sought or did not fully understand."

On Wednesday, Pramila Jayapal, deputy chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee, said in a statement that she had been briefed by three lawyers representing detainees at the facility. She said that at least 17 or 18 people were held in the Irwin County Detention Center and they had undergone unnecessary gynecological surgery-usually with "clear intent to sterilize" without obtaining proper consent.

"I think the preliminary report…may be part of the behavioral pattern," Jayapar said.

Many details of the allegations against the Georgia facility are still surfacing, and both ICE and the private operator of the facility have called for suspicion of the complaint, which relies on second-hand information about the alleged hysterectomy. It is unclear to what extent ICE and related medical staff require detainees to agree to perform these procedures, or whether medical procedures are required.

These allegations echoed the ugly history of forced sterilization in the United States and sparked widespread outrage, including calls for a formal investigation. ICE Acting Director Tony Pham said in a statement on Friday: "If these allegations have any merit, I promise to make the necessary corrections to ensure that we continue to prioritize the health, welfare and safety of ICE detainees." [19659010] However, this is far from the first time the US Federal Law Enforcement Agency (ICE) has been accused of neglecting the health and safety of immigrants, especially in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I don't think this is necessarily ICE's systemic sterilization measures. I think that this kind of thing can flourish under negligent and terrifying, inhumane conditions of incarceration." One of the detainees' lawyers, Sha Sarah Owings told NBC.

The complaint described a gynecologist as a "uterine collector".

The complaint originally disclosed was filed by nurse Dawn Wooten in cooperation with a coalition of immigrant rights groups headed by the non-profit activist organization Project South. The female detainee said

As Prism first reported, the operation was allegedly caused by This was done by Mahendra Amin, a gynecologist at Coffee Area Medical Center and Irwin County Hospital in Georgia. . In 2015, Amin and several other doctors reached a civil settlement agreement with the Georgia State Attorney for more than $500,000 to resolve allegations of fraudulent claims they filed with Medicaid and Medicare.

Wooten was quoted in the complaint about the doctor: "We questioned among ourselves, for example, he is taking out everyone's things. …that is his specialty, he is a uterus collector." [19659014] But the detention facility operated by the private prison contractor LaSalle Corrections (LaSalle Corrections) continued to send him patients.

According to Wooten's complaint, it is said that many detainees (many of whom have limited English skills) were sent to a gynecologist outside the facility where the hysterectomy was performed, and they often did not fully understand why the operation was performed. The complaint stated that a woman was told that it was because she had a "thick uterus" or "heavy bleeding", although she had never experienced severe bleeding or had been told by a doctor that her uterus was thick.

BuzzFeed reported that ICE notified lawmakers on Tuesday that the detention center had only "referred" two detainees who had undergone hysterectomy since 2018 and transferred them to external medical service providers. And the procedure has been approved by the facility's clinical authorities. Despite this, it is still possible for detainees to undergo hysterectomy without being specifically referred for this procedure .

Several lawyers representing detainees treated by Amin made similar charges on Tuesday. A lawyer, Benjamin Osorio, told NBC News that Amin had performed hysterectomy on two of his clients, which they believed was medically unnecessary.

Hysterectomy is usually used to treat non-cancerous growths of the uterus, which can lead to heavy periods and painful sex. As well as endometriosis, pelvic support problems, abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain and gynecological cancer. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that, depending on the patient's condition and comfort level, they may "want to try other options that do not involve surgery", or to see if the condition improves, and then wait for treatment. Hysterectomy until a woman no longer wants to have children.

The detainee also underwent other invasive gynecological operations, including a woman who allegedly had her fallopian tubes removed without her consent, which may make it difficult for her to conceive in the future. (Although it is not clear whether Amin performed these procedures.)

The complaint raised the following question: Can detainees who have undergone hysterectomy give informed consent because many of them do not speak English and the detention center does not Always use translator to translate. Communication.

A detained immigrant who had no name in the complaint told the Southern Project that when she asked herself what treatment she received before undergoing a hysterectomy, three different people gave her different answers: doctor, orthodontist The police officer transported her to the hospital and arranged a nurse in the detention center. (It is not clear whether she is getting help in translation with the help of translators, or whether she has enough English skills to understand them.)

In an interview with Intercept, Amin said that he had received medical interviews through the detention center. The procedure for the detainees was agreed, but only one or two hysterectomy procedures have been performed in the last two to three years. He did not disclose whether the detainee had undergone a hysterectomy.

His attorney Scott Grubman later stated in statement that " strongly denies " the allegations of the complaint, stating that Amin was "committed to him Hysterectomy". Adult life needs to treat high-risk, underserved people.

Lawmakers have been working hard to verify the allegations in the complaint.

Members of Congress called for an investigation into the complaint.

On Tuesday, Rep. Benny Thompson (D-MS) of the House Committee of the Department of Homeland Security announced that the committee will review the allegations in the complaint as part of the contractor's investigation of conditions in the privately-run ICE detention facility.

"The allegations made in this whistleblower complaint indicate that the disturbing situation is worrying and the lack of supervision of privately-run ICE facilities," he said in a statement. "The complaint about hysterectomy on detained women without consent is incredible."

And on Wednesday morning, 173 members of the U.S. Congress urged the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to separate the allegations. Investigate and report before September 25.

They wrote in letter : "Reports of mass hysterectomy raise serious concerns about physical autonomy and violations of detainees." "Everyone, regardless of their immigration status, language Or imprisonment, they should control their own reproductive choices and make wise choices about their bodies."

ICE spokesperson Lindsay Williams said in a statement on Tuesday. The agency will not comment on the complaint to Wooten, which was filed by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Homeland Security, a US government inspection agency.

"Usually, anonymous, unconfirmed allegations do not have any factual verifiable details, Williams said: "They should be given the appropriate skepticism they deserve.

LaSalle spokesperson Scott Sutterfield also refuted the complaint’s allegations and the “impact of any misconduct” in a statement on Tuesday, accusing Wooten. And the organization that filed the complaint promoted “long-term political goals.” [19659035] “LaSalle Corrections has a strict zero tolerance policy for any misconduct in our facilities and takes all allegations of such abuse seriously,” he said.

ICE detention conditions have long attracted health and safety concerns.

This is not the first time the Southern Project has raised concerns about human rights violations in Irwin: A report released by the organization in 2017 found that The center is not providing detainees with enough food, providing them with spoiled food, and paying them less than one dollar a day for voluntary work, helping them pay for more food and telephone costs, which is too expensive The Detention Watch Network also raised concerns about the health and safety of Irving’s detainees.

Although the complaint submitted on Monday involved a detention facility, it reflected widespread abuse in immigration detention, especially in private individuals. In a facility operated by a prison contractor.

The federal government received more than 1,200 complaints of sexual abuse from adult detainees between 2010 and 2017, and more than 4,500 complaints of unmanned sexual abuse between 2014 and 2018 Complaints of such abuse made by accompanying children.

Concerns about health and safety are only heightened by the coronavirus pandemic. Immigrants across the United States have been fighting to release them from ICE detention, claiming that they did not take enough Measures to protect them from the coronavirus. Since February, six detainees have died of Covid-19, and nearly 5,800 people have contracted the virus.

There are reports that there is a shortage of personal protective equipment Insufficient cleanliness in public places, lack of implementation of social evacuation guidelines, and failure to isolate newly arrived detention centers and those showing Covid-19 symptoms in detention centers.

Wooten’s complaint is mainly related to Irwin’s similar failure , But her staggering number of allegations of hysterectomy caused the greatest public outrage.

Wooten said in the complaint that a woman should have only one ovary.

"She still wants children, so she must return now The family told her husband that she could not have children. Wooten said.


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