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‘Like an Experimental Concentration Camp’: Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Mass Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Center

https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/like-an-experimental-concentration-camp-whistleblower-complaint-alleges-mass-hysterectomies-at-ice-detention-center/

Several legal advocacy groups on Monday filed a whistleblower complaint on behalf of a nurse at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center documenting “jarring medical neglect” within the facility, including a refusal to test detainees for the novel coronavirus and an exorbitant rate of hysterectomies being performed on immigrant women.

The nurse, Dawn Wooten, was employed at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia, which is operated by LaSalle Corrections, a private prison company. The complaint was filed with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by advocacy groups Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network.

Multiple women came forward to tell Project South about what they perceived to be the inordinate rate at which women in ICDC were subjected to hysterectomies – a surgical operation in which all or part of the uterus is removed. Additionally, many of the immigrant women who underwent the procedure were reportedly “confused” when asked to explain why they had the surgery, with one detainee likening their treatment to prisoners in concentration camps.

“Recently, a detained immigrant told Project South that she talked to five different women detained at ICDC between October and December 2019 who had a hysterectomy done,” the complaint stated. “When she talked to them about the surgery, the women ‘reacted confused when explaining why they had one done.’ The woman told Project South that it was as though the women were ‘trying to tell themselves it’s going to be OK.’”

“When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp. It was like they’re experimenting with our bodies,” the detainee said.

According to Wooten, ICDC consistently used a particular gynecologist – outside the facility – who almost always opted to remove all or part of the uterus of his female detainee patients.

“Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy—just about everybody,” Wooten said, adding that, “everybody’s uterus cannot be that bad.”

“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 uteruses out or he’s taken their tubes out. What in the world.”

Wooten also confirmed that many of the detained women have told her that they didn’t understand why they were being forced to have the procedure, explaining that some of the nurses obtained their consent “by simply googling Spanish.”

The complaint details several accounts from detainees, including one woman who was not properly anesthetized during the procedure and heard the aforementioned doctor tell the nurse he had mistakenly removed the wrong ovary, resulting in her losing all reproductive ability. Another said she was scheduled for the procedure but when she questioned why it was necessary, she was given at least three completely different answers.

“She was originally told by the doctor that she had an ovarian cyst and was going to have a small twenty-minute procedure done drilling three small holes in her stomach to drain the cyst,” according to the complaint. “The officer who was transporting her to the hospital told her that she was receiving a hysterectomy to have her womb removed. When the hospital refused to operate on her because her COVID-19 test came back positive for antibodies, she was transferred back to ICDC where the ICDC nurse said that the procedure she was going to have done entailed dilating her vagina and scraping tissue off. “

Another nurse then told her the procedure was to mitigate her heavy menstrual bleeding, which the woman had never experienced. When she explained that, the nurse “responded by getting angry and agitated and began yelling at her.”

According to The Intercept, ICE declined to comment on the allegations in the complaint, while a Lasalle Corrections spox said it was “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 person said.

Law&Crime reached out to ICE for comment. Law&Crime also reached out to DHS OIG to ask whether it has received the complaint and whether it will investigate the allegations in it. We will update this story if we receive responses.

  

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It's not. This was ALWAYS where this was heading
Sep 14th 2020
1
This seems like where the rest of the world is heading
Sep 15th 2020
7
Whoa.. so they can’t birth more brown voters?
Sep 14th 2020
2
But wait, I thought these people were "pro-life."
Sep 14th 2020
3
There is no bottom. The US should be sanctioned internationally
Sep 15th 2020
4
Prosecute ICE
Sep 15th 2020
5
If true, this sounds like a war crime.
Sep 15th 2020
6
ICE deported a crucial witness in an ongoing investigation into allegati...
Sep 15th 2020
8
this government is f*cking trash
Sep 15th 2020
9
Whistleblower is a black woman
Sep 16th 2020
10
indeed...
Sep 16th 2020
11
we gotta protect this sister.
Sep 17th 2020
18
Pardon my ignorance
Sep 18th 2020
20
its good to see this getting coverage
Sep 16th 2020
12
ICE Prepares to Deport Jailed Immigrant Who Says She Was Forcibly Steril...
Sep 16th 2020
13
oh they tried it...she was actually on the plane
Sep 17th 2020
14
      yeah i read that later in a different article
Sep 17th 2020
15
      Holy shit.
Sep 17th 2020
16
i will never understand how the media isnt all over stuff like this
Sep 17th 2020
17
You would think NPR and BBC would be all over it
Sep 18th 2020
19

navajo joe
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1. "It's not. This was ALWAYS where this was heading "
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The people who called these out as concentration camps from the start and fought against there implementation were always right and knew this was coming.

And it WILL get worse.

I will try and dig up the piece I saw on widespread sexual abuse in facilities from last week as well.

Not to mention the trafficking laws the administration has violated repeatedly to shuttle children through a circuit of hotels before abandoning children unaccompanied at the border.

There needs to be a reckoning for this.

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mind_grapes
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7. "This seems like where the rest of the world is heading"
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There are 2 to 3 million Uighurs in concentration camps in Xinjiang. 2 million muslims stripped of citizenship in Assam, with thousands in detention centers. And thousands being killed in extrajudicial military prisons, like Sednaya, in Syria.

The logic of concentration camps is the same, from Auschwitz to the present. And where there is no repentance, there can be no remission.

  

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legsdiamond
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2. "Whoa.. so they can’t birth more brown voters? "
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I would not be surprised one bit.

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dagu
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3. "But wait, I thought these people were "pro-life.""
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How can this be?

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MEAT
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4. "There is no bottom. The US should be sanctioned internationally "
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The same ways that Iran is treated.

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5. "Prosecute ICE"
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Congressional investigation is necessary, but more is better. Go over Trump now and solicit more whistleblowers by promising prison for ICE employees who stay silent until the next administration.

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6. "If true, this sounds like a war crime."
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Tax payer funded war crimes. Pretty brutal stuff to read.

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MEAT
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8. "ICE deported a crucial witness in an ongoing investigation into allegati..."
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NEW: ICE deported a crucial witness in an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual assault and harassment at an El Paso immigrant detention center, according to the witness' lawyers.
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/15/ice-deport-witness-sexual-assault/

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9. "this government is f*cking trash"
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10. "Whistleblower is a black woman"
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very brave!
https://youtu.be/yWb5lOTaUw0

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11. "indeed..."
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>very brave!
>https://youtu.be/yWb5lOTaUw0

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Reeq
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18. "we gotta protect this sister."
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20. "Pardon my ignorance"
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and also my apologies if this answered in the Youtube clip, but it was this woman's choice to reveal her identity, right?

I ask because normally whistleblowers are anonymous until what they reveal publicly is completely resolved; and even in some cases they remain anonymous after that.

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mista k5
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12. "its good to see this getting coverage"
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there is a push to investigate. i hope its done in earnest with transparency.

  

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mista k5
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13. "ICE Prepares to Deport Jailed Immigrant Who Says She Was Forcibly Steril..."
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this is different than the el paso one

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/9/16/headlines/ice_prepares_to_deport_jailed_immigrant_who_says_she_was_forcibly_sterilized

ICE Prepares to Deport Jailed Immigrant Who Says She Was Forcibly Sterilized

In immigration news, a Cameroonian mother who says she was involuntarily sterilized while held at the privately owned Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia might be deported today. Pauline Binam has lived in the United States since age 2 and has been detained at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison for nearly three years. Last fall, Binam was reportedly subjected to invasive surgery on her reproductive organs, without her knowledge. Binam’s looming deportation comes as whistleblower Dawn Wooten, who was a nurse at Irwin, has detailed how the jail performed hysterectomies on prisoners without their consent. Human rights advocates have condemned the disturbing practices, saying forced sterilization amounts to genocide.

In related news, a key witness in an ongoing investigation into sexual assault and harassment allegations at an El Paso, Texas, immigrant prison has been deported. The 35-year-old woman from Mexico had recently told her lawyers several guards “forcibly” kissed her, and at least one touched her intimate parts. She’s one of at least three people who have come forward about the systematic sexual violence at the ICE prison. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General launched a probe into the accusations after ProPublica and The Texas Tribune first reported them last month.

  

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14. "oh they tried it...she was actually on the plane"
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congress intervened AFTER a judge ruled for a stay and had her removed from the plane...this shit is insane

and they've already deported other women who've undergone the same procedure...one of whom is in El Salvador right now working to get congress her medical records to be included in the investigation

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mista k5
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15. "yeah i read that later in a different article"
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Brew
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16. "Holy shit."
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Do you have links for any of this ? (I ask so I can share them with people who need to see them, not because I don't believe you. Just to be clear lol.)


>congress intervened AFTER a judge ruled for a stay and had
>her removed from the plane...this shit is insane
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>and they've already deported other women who've undergone the
>same procedure...one of whom is in El Salvador right now
>working to get congress her medical records to be included in
>the investigation
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>Hi, Fascism. Welcome home.
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Reeq
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17. "i will never understand how the media isnt all over stuff like this"
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but instead we gotta hear about joe biden and despacito.

just from a self interest point of view...theres a ton of award winning potential when a journalist/outlet digs deep and exposes shit like this.

then you add the fact that shit like this is impactful on real lives and not trivial shit that does nothing but suck up clicks for a cycle or two.

the entire range of abuse being permitted at these immigrant detention centers seems like itd be a dream to investigate for a principled press. the kinda stuff you got into the profession for.

maybe kamalas timbs are more important to the story of this era in history tho.

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19. "You would think NPR and BBC would be all over it"
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but I think we know why the mainstream media in America isn’t touching it

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