- A nurse at a Georgia Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility is accusing the penal advanced of performing hysterectomies on immigrant women being detained there, in overall without their consent.
- Morning time Wooten made the allegations in a whistleblower complaint despatched by Project South to the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Inspector General.
- Wooten claimed women were frequently sent to a gynecologist outside of the center who frequently chose to remove all or a portion of the detainees’ uteri.
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A nurse at a Georgia Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility is accusing the detention center of allowing mass hysterectomies to be performed on immigrant women detained there, usually without their consent or with very little care.
In a whistleblower complaint sent by Project South to the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Inspector General, nurse Dawn Wooten cited poor treatment of migrants detained at the Irwin County Detention Center, including what she described as limited and negligent medical care, and minimal testing for COVID-19.
“Ms. Wooten’s account of the treatment of people in ICE custody is horrifying. People’s lives are at risk in immigration detention and ICE has continued to prove through its record of medical neglect that no one is safe in its custody. This harmful agency was shamefully created to target and criminalize immigrants leading to loss of life, abuse, and the separation of hundreds of thousands of families and loved ones. ICE must be abolished,” Silky Shah, Executive Director of Detention Watch Network, a nonprofit which also helped file the complaint, told Business Insider in a statement.
The facility is operated by LaSalle Corrections, a private prison company, Law and Crime reported.
Business Insider could not reach LaSalle Corrections on Monday but the company said in a statement to The Intercept: “LaSalle Corrections is firmly committed to the health and welfare of those in our care. We are deeply committed to delivering high-quality, culturally responsive services in safe and humane environments.”
The whistleblower complaint alleges that immigrant women were frequently sent to a gynecologist outside of the detention center who frequently chose to remove all or a portion of the detainees’ uteri.
One detained immigrant said she spoke with five women who were at the facility between October and December 2019, all of whom had a hysterectomy done.
Wooten also reported that women who saw this particular gynecologist, who was not named in the report had lost ovaries.
“We’ve questioned among ourselves like goodness he’s taking everybody’s stuff out … That’s his specialty, he’s the uterus collector. I know that’s ugly … is he collecting these things or something … Everybody he sees, he’s taking all their uteri out or he’s taken their tubes out. What in the world,” Wooten said, according to Law and Crime.
She also recounted a story in which the doctor removed the wrong ovary in one young woman who was supposed to have her left ovary removed, allegedly because of a cyst.
“He took out the right one. She was upset. She had to go back to take out the left and she wound up with a total hysterectomy. She still wanted children—so she has to go back home now and tell her husband that she can’t bear kids … she said she was not all the way out under anesthesia and heard him [doctor] mumble the nurse that he took the unsuitable ovary,” Wooten acknowledged within the mutter.
So a lot of different folks and Wooten told Mission South that some women did no longer know that the task used to be being accomplished on them or weren’t told what precisely the task entailed.
“I’ve had several inmates mumble me that they’ve been to survey the doctor and they also’ve had hysterectomies and they also originate no longer know why they went or why they’re going,” Wooten acknowledged.
One other lady who used to be given the task acknowledged when she asked why she used to be having it done, she used to be given three completely different solutions.
The complaint moreover alleged puny COVID-19 testing on the flexibility, that may perhaps delight in keep detainees in pain of contracting the virus, a scarcity of adequate scientific care together without a longer giving detainees existence-saving medicines, and overall neglect of detainees who bitch of pain.
ICE did no longer acknowledge to Enterprise Insider’s quiz for comment on the time of publication.