ICE whistleblower nurse alleges non-conscensual hysterectomies

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ICE whistleblower nurse alleges non-conscensual hysterectomies

Post by Bird on a Fire » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:44 am

.. amongst other abuses and neglect. Seems unsurprising but depressing, if confirmed.

ICE whistleblower: Nurse alleges 'hysterectomies on immigrant women in US'
Advocacy groups have filed a complaint against a migrant detention centre in the US, alleging medical neglect and a lack of virus safety measures.

The complaint condemns the practices and conditions at the private Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia.

It is based on the allegations of a whistleblower, a nurse identified as Dawn Wooten.

She worked at the centre, which houses immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

As part of her complaint, filed on Monday, Ms Wooten expressed concerns about the high number of hysterectomies performed on Spanish-speaking women at the centre.

The nurse said detained women told her they did not fully understand why they had to get a hysterectomy - an operation involving the removal of all or part of the uterus.
The complaint details "jarring accounts from detained immigrants and Ms Wooten regarding the deliberate lack of medical care, unsafe work practices, and absence of adequate protection against Covid-19".

It summarises the disclosures Ms Wooten made to the DHS's watchdog, and quotes unidentified detainees extensively.

In a written testimony submitted to Congress in July, LaSalle Corrections said its facilities had been tracking the outbreak "regularly updating infection prevention and control protocols".

The complaint also said that Ms Wooten and other nurses were alarmed by the "rate at which the hysterectomies have occurred" at the centre.

Ms Wooten alleged that one doctor removed the wrong ovary from a young detainee and that "everybody he sees has a hysterectomy".

"We've questioned among ourselves like, goodness he's taking everybody's stuff out…That's his speciality, he's the uterus collector," she said in the complaint.

One detainee, interviewed by Project South, likened the centre to "an experimental concentration camp", adding: "It was like they're experimenting with our bodies."

Other allegations include delaying medical care for detained immigrants. Ms Wooten alleged that it was "common practice for the sick call nurse to shred medical request forms from detained immigrants".

Project South lawyer Priyanka Bhatt said on Tuesday there have been reports about issues surrounding women's health at the facility going back several years, including lack of prenatal care.
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Re: ICE whistleblower nurse alleges non-conscensual hysterectomies

Post by jimbob » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:11 am

I saw that, shocking if true, but also believable.
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Post by bmforre » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:55 pm

Is this done to reduce the coming number of babies of such kinds as the present US government don't approve of?

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Post by Bird on a Fire » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:01 pm

bmforre wrote:
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Is this done to reduce the coming number of babies of such kinds as the present US government don't approve of?
In the context of rounding people up based on ethnicity, concentrating them in camps and separating families, sterilising women does have discernible genocidey vibes, yes.
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Post by Vertigowooyay » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:02 pm

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Post by sTeamTraen » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:56 pm

Who are the doctors carrying out these operations? It's not something you can ask someone with a Group 4 uniform and peaked hat to do.
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Post by Bird on a Fire » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:16 pm

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Who are the doctors carrying out these operations? It's not something you can ask someone with a Group 4 uniform and peaked hat to do.
The "uterus collector" doctor has been identified and named (and denies everything). He is a doctor at the local county hospital, with complaints going back years and a previous settlement for fraud.

https://www.businessinsider.com/lawyers ... int-2020-9
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Post by Bird on a Fire » Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:09 pm

Mexico says two women may have had non-consensual surgery in U.S. detention center
MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said it has identified two Mexican migrant women who may have had surgery performed on them without their consent while detained at a U.S. immigration center in the state of Georgia.

While being held at the Irwin center in Georgia, one Mexican woman was reportedly subject to gynecological surgery without her approval and without receiving post-operative care, the ministry said in a weekend statement.

The ministry said its findings were based on actions taken by consular staff and interviews Mexican officials conducted at the center.

Officials were also verifying the case of a second woman who may have been subject to surgical intervention “without her full consent,” without receiving an explanation in Spanish of the procedure, or her medical diagnosis, it added.
ICE and the private concentration camp company are both still denying the allegations, but their previous downplaying of the number of gynaecological surgeries performed has already turned out to be disinformation, so I expect there's more to come on this story.
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