Migrants from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Georgia are being subjected to appalling conditions and treatment, including “medical neglect” and high rates of hysterectomy among women, according to a whistleblower complaint filed by several legal advocacy groups . On behalf of a nurse who works there.
The nurse, Don Wooten, has been practicing for more than 10 years, three of which she was employed with at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, which is run by the private corporation LaSalle Culture. In a complaint filed on his behalf on 14 September, the Center was accused of being negligent, including poor safety precautions around Kovid-19 and generally dangerous and odd conditions.
The complaint states that migrants speaking out against these circumstances were regularly pushed into solitary confinement. Wooten says that according to an interview by Interrupt, when she spoke about these practices, she was removed from the post and reprimanded.
The Intercept also reported that Wooten’s account was “inspired by an interview with another current member of Irvine’s medical staff – who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation – and four currently or recently detained People “.
According to the new complaint, Wootton reported a dangerously high rate of hysterectomy – a surgery in which all or all of the uterus is removed – being performed on Spanish-speaking immigrants, many of whom understand this Did not come that they had gone through this process. .
She said an off-site doctor performed surgery on women who complained of heavy menstruation, but many women did not understand what had happened. In many cases nurses obtained consent from patients by “just googly Spanish”, the complaint alleges.
“Everyone sees that he has a hysterectomy – just about everyone,” Wooten said. “That is his specialty, he is the uterus collector. Not everyone’s uterus can get damaged.”
The complaint also alleges health and safety violations related to procedures. One woman stated that she was not properly anesthetized during a procedure and the doctor said that she had accidentally removed the wrong ovary, causing her inability to have children. Another said that a cyst drained and eventually went away instead of a hysterectomy, the complaint said.
“When I met all these women, who had surgery, I felt that it was like a practical concentration camp. It was like they are experimenting with our bodies, ”one captive said, according to the complaint.
Project South, one of the human rights groups, filed a complaint that first filed a report in 2017 about Irwin’s detainees, including unnatural conditions, inedible food and detention, including denial of medical care to detainees was taken. An immigrant was detained in Irvine, “This place is not equipped for humans.”
The complaint states that conditions have only “deteriorated” in the face of the Kovid-19 threats. The facility has prohibited detained immigrants from Kovid-19 from being tested in a timely manner, concealed the number of positive tests and mixed those who did not receive Kovid-19 according to the complaint.
Azad Shahshahani, a human rights lawyer at Project South, said, “No social disturbances are possible in an internment center.” “We are calling for people to be freed immediately, and we have been asking to shut down the facility for a long time.”
Shahshahani said that the groups plan to file these documents in the Congress as well as the United Nations. The United Nations defined “measures taken with the intent to prevent birth within the group”, as an act of genocide, a crime under international law.
“These are gross human rights violations, and the US government should be held accountable,” she said. He said the Irwin Detention Center is not unique: Project South filed similar complaints against the Stewart Detention Center, another location in Georgia where detainees have alleged misconduct.
LaSalle Corrections did not respond to a request for comment. After calling, an employee of the Irvine County Detention Center declined to comment or respond to how many immigrants are currently housed there, but according to the company’s website, the location resides at 1,201. Snow did not immediately respond to a request for comment.