The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Wednesday expressed its “grave concern” over the complaint by a nurse from the Immigration and Control Service United States Customs (ICE) on forced sterilizations and medical negligence against migrant women in a Georgia detention center.
“The IACHR recalls that the State has the obligation to guarantee the life and integrity of the persons under its jurisdiction and to obtain the prior, free and fully informed consent before carrying out any medical intervention, including surgical sterilization,” the IACHR stated in your account Twitter.
The body, in charge of the promotion and protection of human rights in the Americas, urged the State to “put an immediate end to forced sterilizations, diligently investigate the events, punish those responsible, and take measures of non-repetition, guaranteeing effective access to justice for those affected. “
On September 14, several civil rights organizations filed a complaint with the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) based on the testimony of Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked in that prison for undocumented.
The nurse reported a series of “dangerous practices” that occur in Irwin, including the removal of the uterus of several women.
Two days later, the federal representative for the state of Washington Pramila Jayapal denounced that at least 17 women were subjected to unnecessary surgeries, including hysterectomies, at the Irwin County Detention Center, in Ocilla, in the state of Georgia.
Jayapal said that he received the information from three lawyers representing women who were detained there and subjected to “invasive and forced procedures by a gynecologist” related to that prison.
Jayapal and his colleagues Jerrold Nadler, Judy Chu, and Zoe Lofgen spearheaded a petition by 173 congressmen urging the Office of the Inspector General DHS to open an immediate investigation into the hysterectomy complaints.
In this regard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) announced that day that it will open an independent investigation into complaints of hysterectomies to female prisoners at the Irwin Detention Center.
Ada Rivera, medical director of the agency’s Health Services Corps, pointed out in a statement sent to Efe that ICE, however, “vehemently disputes the implication that the detainees are used to medical procedures experimental “.
Rivera indicated that since 2018, “only two people at the Irwin County Detention Center have been referred to certified and accredited medical professionals in gynecological and obstetric health care facilities to perform hysterectomies, in accordance with the standards of the National Commission of Care Correctional Medical (NCCHC) “.
Conditions in immigration detention centers have come under public scrutiny in the wake of reports last year of overcrowding and the conditions in which minors were held. separated migrants from his parents.
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