Female ICE Detainees Had ‘Excessive, Invasive and Unnecessary Procedures,’ Report Finds

by | Nov 15, 2022 | Politics

A congressional investigation into medical abuse allegations at a Georgia immigration detention center found that female detainees “appeared to have undergone excessive, invasive, and often unnecessary gynecological procedures,” according to the report released Tuesday.Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), chair of the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee on investigations, presented the findings of the 108-paged report, which came after an 18-month bipartisan investigation by the committee, during a Tuesday hearing. Immigration officials; the Department of Homeland Security inspector general; LaSalle Corrections, the private company operating the Ocilla, Georgia, facility; as well as a former immigrant detainee and physicians provided testimony. AdvertisementThough the subcommittee said it did not substantiate allegations of mass hysterectomies, the report concluded that female detainees underwent excessive and unnecessary gynecological procedures and that “medical care provided to detainees was known by DHS to be deficient, but neither ICE nor LaSalle took effective corrective action.”Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.In September 2021, a whistleblower alleged that women at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla had been serially coerced into unwanted and unnecessary surgeries by Dr. Mahendra Amin, a physician who worked frequently at the facility, in many cases without the consent of the detainees.Later that month, an investigation by The Associated Press found more allegations from migrant women who said that Amin performed surgeries and other procedures that they never sought or didn’t fully understand. The complaint submitted by Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the facility who sounded an alarm about medical abuse, garnered national attention and generated concerns from congressional Democrats. In May 2021, the Biden administration announced it would stop detaining immigrants at the Irwin County Detention Center. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas also directed ICE to sever its contracts with LaSalle Corp. “as soon as possible.” LaSalle Corrections continues t …

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