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What We Know About the Allegations of Forced Hysterectomies at an ICE Facility

Whistleblower allegations of forced hysterectomies leave troubling questions and reveal a system ripe for abuse

9/18/2020 11:47:00 PM

Whistleblower allegations of forced hysterectomies leave troubling questions and reveal a system ripe for abuse

Whistleblower allegations of forced hysterectomies leave troubling questions and reveal a system ripe for abuse

Rolling Stone, “There was nothing in that complaint that made me think ‘Oh, wow, I’m surprised that would happen there’ — no. Everything tracks.” In the complaint, Project South reports that one detainee interviewed recalled at least five women who told her they had hysterectomies performed on them while at Irwin; the women were said to be confused about why the operation was done, raising questions about whether they were able to give informed consent for the alleged procedures. That second-hand account is supported by Wooten, who says in the complaint that she and other nurses at Irwin were alarmed by the rate of hysterectomies, and suspicious of whether or not they were necessary. “We’ve questioned among ourselves, like: Goodness, he’s taking everybody’s stuff out…That’s his specialty, he’s the uterus collector.” The doctor is not named in the complaint, but

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have identified him as Dr. Mahendra Amin.In a statement provided toRolling Stone, Amin’s lawyer, Scott Grubman, “vehemently” denied the allegations. “Dr. Amin is a highly respected physician who has dedicated his adult life to treating a high-risk, underserved population in rural Georgia,” he wrote. “We look forward to all of the facts coming out and are confident that, once they do, Dr. Amin will be cleared of any wrongdoing.” ICE has likewise insisted that the allegations were false, saying in a statement that “only two individuals at Irwin County Detention Center were referred to certified, credentialed medical professionals at gynecological and obstetrical health care facilities for hysterectomies in compliance with National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) standards.”

A2016 studyby Congress’s Government Accountability Office suggests ICE’s records may not be accurate. The watchdog found that ICE uses two different systems — one to approve procedures for detainees and a different one to track payments for those procedures — making it difficult to link the two. And, in fact, in the preceding years, the number of claims paid for did not match the number of approvals for requested services in the same period — suggesting that doctors performed unapproved procedures or ICE approved procedures that were never done. That report went on to call for establishing a system “to more fully ensure that payments for off-site care are supported by the appropriate authorizations.”

“In the context of lax oversight and regulation of ICE’s medical care, it’s easy to see how easy it would be for a doctor to, perhaps, see patients who are approved for one thing and then, in the midst of the procedure, perhaps, bill for something else or add on different procedures,” Cho says. “It is quite easy to see how that would happen.”

Amin, the doctor in question, has a history of questionable billing practices, having been implicated in a federal Medicare fraud investigation five years ago. In 2015, Amin and several other doctors agreed to a $520,000 settlement with the Justice Department to “resolve allegations they caused false claims to be submitted to Medicare and Medicaid.” 

The number of referrals that were allegedly made to this particular doctor for gynecological procedures raises red flags for lawyers familiar with Irwin because of how difficult they know it usually is to get any kind of medical attention. “One of my clients had an aneurysm, for example,” says Lorilei Williams, an attorney at SPLC. “And we can’t get any semblance of basic, bare minimum follow up that would protect his life and health.”

During Cho’s time investigating Irwin, detainees at the facility told her they were often denied basic diagnostic tests and treatment for chronic and life-threatening conditions, including cancer, heart disease, infections, and broken bones. In lieu of appropriate treatment, detainees were offered only Tylenol or ibuprofen. At the time she says very few of the detainees in Georgia facilities had lawyers — less than two percent, and those lawyers are typically only representing detainees in immigration proceedings, not advocating on their behalf to improve conditions at the jails. In the 2016 SPLC report said detainees described finding cockroaches, flies, hair, and plastic in their food, and blood on their utensils. And they reported retaliation by employees of the detention center when they complained or filed official grievances.

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Without advocates agitating for better treatment, conditions at the detention centers have remained abysmal, and abuses have gone unreported. “That is another reason that these types of abuses are so rampant in detention — because there is so little oversight there, so little checks and balances,” Cho says.

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Keep camps going we seek freedom 1st Why in the world did she not come forward after the first or second? Why wait until 'numerous' to take place? Why is she the only'nurse' that saw and discussed it to come forward? nazi experiments Lol, “What we know” more like what we will cherry pick it fuel the flames of hatred.

Yeah right gtfoh. Civil rights lawyer “in Atlanta who represents three women previously detained at Irwin says he has knowledge of as many as 35 other detainees at the facility complained about gynecological care.”

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It's Not Just Hysterectomies: The U.S. Has A Long, Shameful History Of Forced SterilizationsFrom eugenics campaigns a century ago to the current-day hysterectomies being performed in ICE facilities, attacks on the reproductive freedom of marginalized people are baked into the history of the U.S.

Three women claim they received unnecessary hysterectomies at ICE facility in GeorgiaIn an exclusive interview, a woman who was detained at an ICE facility in Georgia says she felt pressured into a full abdominal hysterectomy by an OBGYN. “I felt like I had no right to say anything. Dr. Amin just told me, you're gonna get a hysterectomy done, and schedule an appointment for that. I had no say in this.” This is absurd and illegal!!! Any woman would be horrified in this situation! It has to be a Trump edict If this is true, what about the violation of oath from the physicians? Yeah...OK. Tubals maybe, but hysterectomy as a eans of birth control as in the historic progressive eugenics tradition? A little far out there.

Alleged unwanted hysterectomies and other abuses at ICE facility prompts investigationBy Wednesday, the team of lawyers had identified more than 15 cases of women who underwent questionable surgeries at the hands of the doctor, including the removal of parts of the Fallopian tube and removal of the ovaries. Yep. Medicine under development sucks! Instance number 4 now in my count of signs of how the Trump regime is not just going for run of the mill fascism, but rather full on demonic fascism. This is the sort of thing Hitler did. Proud, demented Trump cultists?

Reports Of ICE’s Forced Hysterectomies Are Nothing New In AmericaThe centuries-old tradition of exploiting vulnerable, BIPOC women’s bodies is still alive and well in America. angelinachapin writes angelinachapin

Democrats Will Investigate Whistleblower’s Claims of Forced Hysterectomies in ICE CustodyThe claims of forced hysterectomies in ICE custody come from whistleblower Dawn Wooten, a licensed practical nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia for three years. The investigation is ongoing.