Whistleblower complaint charges ICE center with performing mass hysterectomies on prisoners

Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Chad Wolf speaks during a meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF), in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House complex, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A new whistleblower complaint, which can be read here, has been filed against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency charging “jarring medical neglect” inside the Irwin County Detention Center, in Georgia. The facility is a private prison, run by LaSalle Corrections.

The whistleblower complaint charges facility management with refusing to test detained immigrants for COVID-19 infection, with hiding COVID-19 infections from detainees and from staff, and with other patterns of neglect, but the most shocking claim is of “high rates” of medical sterilizations of detained women. According to the complaint, ICDC nurses report “high rates of hysterectomies done to immigrant women,” from “a particular gynecologist outside the facility.”

From a nurse and whistleblower at the facility: “Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy—just about everybody. […] We’ve questioned among ourselves like goodness he’s taking everybody’s stuff out. … That’s his specialty, he’s the uterus collector. […] Everybody he sees, he’s taking all their uteruses out or he’s taken their tubes out. What in the world.”

The complaint charges that the immigrant women are not fully informed of the procedures before they are performed, with non-Spanish speaking staff “googling Spanish” to try to convey what will be done or giving conflicting justifications for it. One detainee was reportedly given three separate, conflicting explanations for what procedure was to be done, from draining a cyst to “scraping tissue” to falsely claiming the woman was suffering from “heavy bleeding”—though the women herself told them she was not.

The reasons for the “high rates” of hysterectomies are not speculated on, but the sterilization of prisoners without their informed consent has a notorious history, both in this nation and in others. Whether the procedures are being done through faulty or “neglectful” diagnosis, or in an attempt to inflate medical billing, or for racial motives is not known.

The whistleblower complaint was filed with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General by Project South and other civil rights organizations. The complaint also notes that another LaSalle Corrections facility, the Richwood Correctional Center, was previously accused of similar neglect of COVID-19 safety practices, and urges a “prompt and thorough investigation into these practices” at “all other LaSalle operated facilities as these complaints suggest a more systemic problem.”

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If true, the death penalty is due all who took part in it.

Chris Whitley

That’s like totally illegal and also I am pretty sure some convention forbids it. Yeah it seems to me yes I think it’s called the Geneva Convention rules of prisoner detention under the World Order. I believe that’s somewhere close and now trump is not only breaking our laws he’s moved up to International laws. I guess it’s true. This clown has no regard for Law and Order. When are we going to do something about this clown