For ICE detainee, minor gynecological surgery led to unwanted sterilization
In a statement, ICE’s interim director, Tony Pham, said anyone who violated the agency’s policies should be held accountable. “If there is any truth to these allegations,” Pham said, “it is my commitment to make the corrections necessary to ensure we continue to prioritize the health, welfare and safety of ICE detainees."
Lawyers for detainees have told Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, that they know of at least 17 detainees who had what they described as forced gynecological procedures.
“If this is happening to them,” Jayapal wrote on Twitter, “what about women without lawyers?”
The surgeries on women at the Irwin County facility — first brought to light in a whistleblower complaint this week — reflects larger concerns about treatment of ICE detainees across the nation, lawyers and other advocates for undocumented immigrants said.
“This is about the broader system — about a lack of transparency and a lack of accountability,” said Azadeh Shahshahani, legal and policy director of Project South, an Atlanta-based organization that filed the whistleblower complaint for a nurse who worked at the Irwin County facility. Women detainees, she said, have “no control over their bodies and no say over what is done to their bodies.“
The Irwin County complaint centers on Dr. Mahendra Amin, a gynecologist who practices in Ocilla and in nearby Douglas. He treated detainees under a contract with LaSalle Corrections, which owns the detention center.
Amin has denied performing procedures without patients' consent. On Friday, his lawyer declined to comment.
Binam is a native of Cameroon who has lived in ...
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