Whistleblower Alleges 'Medical Neglect,' Questionable Hysterectomies Of ICE Detainees

Democratic lawmakers and immigration advocacy groups are calling for the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general to investigate the claims, centered on conditions at a facility in Georgia.

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Top Democrats are calling for an investigation after a whistleblower alleged hysterectomies are being performed on immigrants at a detention center in Georgia. Other accusations include shredding medical requests and refusing to test detainees for COVID.

Democratic lawmakers and immigration advocacy groups are calling for the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general to investigate the claims, centered on conditions at a facility in Georgia.

on Capitol Hill in July.Neither ICE nor LaSalle Corrections responded to requests for comment from NPR on Tuesday. In a statement shared with theAssociated Press, ICE said it does not comment on matters before the inspector general but takes all allegations seriously.

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"That said, in general, anonymous, unproven allegations, made without any fact-checkable specifics, should be treated with the appropriate skepticism they deserve," it added.'Whistleblowing Is Really In Our DNA': A History Of Reporting Wrongdoing

The complaint also raises red flags about the rate at which hysterectomies — the surgical removal of the uterus — are performed on immigrant women detained at the facility.The complaint says that several immigrant women expressed concerns to Project South about a high rate of hysterectomies, and that Wooten and other nurses at the facility questioned the number of women undergoing the procedure as well as their ability to fully understand and consent to it.

According to the complaint, a detained immigrant told Project South that she talked to five different women at the facility who received hysterectomies between Oct. and Dec. 2019, and said they"reacted confused when explaining why they had one done."

"When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp," the woman told Project South."It was like they're experimenting with our bodies."Wooten said in the complaint that one particular gynecologist performs the procedure, who she called"the uterus collector." She said"everybody he sees, he's taking all their uteruses out or he's taken their tubes out."

A top medical official with ICE disputed the claims on Tuesday, telling theAssociated Pressthat only two women had been referred for hysterectomies from the facility since 2018.Dr. Ada Rivera, medical director of the ICE Health Service Corps, said that medical care decisions concerning detainees are made by medical personnel, not law enforcement, and that a medical procedure like a hysterectomy would"never be performed against a detainee's will."

Rivera also said that ICE would fully cooperate with any investigation by the DHS Office of Inspector General.Mounting calls for actionIn addition to Democratic lawmakers, a number of immigration advocacy organizations responded to the complaint's release with calls for the inspector general to investigate its claims.

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If they’d get a job and quit leeching off the tax payers there’d be no problems. Protect Whistleblower Dawn Wooten Hysterectomies Hysterectomies are Trump cult Trump world savageries created by Trump to outshine barbarians forgotten in the history books as the most horrendous of brutes to brutalize and traumatize women in their own lands and lands they subjugated

I predict that this will be another Democrat falsehood. Crimes against humanity, and there's definitely medical billing fraud and nepotism involved. Top Democrats will call for an investigation of a fart if they can somehow blame it on Trump. maybe they should try some legislating instead of only investigating

DefundForProfitPrisons EndQualifiedImmunity RepSeanMaloney why didn’t you sign on to the letter sent by congressional leaders. What action are you taking as our rep? This is a horrific crime against humanity. If nobody is held accountable for this this country is officially over, for we no longer have values or ideals. It has all been a lie.

This story needs to be bigger. This is disgusting After complaining to management, she waited three years and right before the election to go public? 😶 You may start your headlines with 'Genocide' or 'Crimes against Humanity', just to be accurate Why only TheDemocrats have to call out atrocities? Does GOP have no spine? None? Nada?

'Conservative Evangelical Asks God To Give Her Strength To Incorporate Forced Hysterectomies Into Belief System' Is NPR aware that millions of Americans have NO healthcare? We've thrown our mentally ill onto the street, jerks, and you're here screaming about illegal aliens not getting a covid test. Illegal immigrant received a heart transplant costing over a million dollars. That happened in San Diego, I believe, years ago. Did anyone scream about that, for an American lost out on a second chance at life.

Oh come on NPR. The anonymous source BS just doesn't fly anymore. Be better journalists 😡 This is another attempt to stir up divisiveness. sounds like another hit peice but there should be a investigation keranews Why are only HouseDemocrats calling for an investigation? Has the GOP gone full Nazi on us? Nevermind. I think I know the answer.

We dont need to dedund ice. We need to completely get rid of it. What has this country become! How scary & infuriating 🤬 These are modern concentration camps. Here, in America. This is unacceptable and inhumane and every other reprehensible word I can think of. This is the Trump administration octobadger1

I doubt this story is accurate. Here's an example of another debunked news accusation. TalbertSwan Next can we discuss the separation of families, missing children, mysterious deaths, rapes, mistreatment & abuse. And *this* is why Democrats set up sanctuary cities. It’s not about refusing to comply with the law. It’s about refusing to turn human beings over to those whom we know will revel in brutalizing them. ICEhysterectomies

If you don't know what the Tuskegee Syphilis Study is... Throw them all in prison and take their licences. Another version of the Tuskegee experiment. Thought we were done acting like monstrous despots a century ago. I guess not. Is whistleblower the same as a paid operative? Another fake Democrat whistleblower. The detention centers have data on this publicly reported, it has never been controversial and done for medical reasons Your neighbor the Federal employee does not wake up and say, “How many immigrants can I do surgery on today and hide it”

This needs investigation and remediation if true. Hysterectomies are serious surgery and require informed consent. These camps have so many acts of evil being perpetrated on the prisoners. If this is greatness we have to be better than great. Concentration camps experimenting with immigrants... where/when in history something similar has been done. Nothing surprises me anymore from a country with such leadership

Yes. Today’s click bait. Can’t wait until your back to giving garden and baking tips. yellowjournalism That's beyond disturbing.

Whistleblower alleges high rate of hysterectomies and medical neglect at ICE facilityA whistleblower who previously worked at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Georgia detailed a high rate of hysterectomies and alleged medical neglect in a complaint filed to the Department of Homeland Security inspector general The whistleblower, a licensed practical nurse, stated in a complaint that while some women may have required a hysterectomy, 'everybody's uterus cannot be that bad.' ICE said it doesn't comment on matters presented to the inspector general. Happy blown Whistleblower Day there CNN , Member when Mr Wilson burned your and the entire MSM in the James Comey Whistleblower and Trump Impeachment, was memories, ya got to Love the Turd, what ever became of the Fake Whistleblower and Trump Impeachment any way , just askin Inhumane treatment and forced sterilization? This is TrumpsAmerica He is a Monster!

Whistleblower Says Excessive Hysterectomies Are Being Done On ICE DetaineesNurse Dawn Wooten says the doctor she dubbed the 'uterus collector' also removed the wrong ovary of a patient at Georgia's Irwin County Detention Center. Like Nazi Germany.

Whistleblower Says Excessive Hysterectomies Are Being Done On ICE DetaineesNurse Dawn Wooten says the doctor she dubbed the 'uterus collector' also removed the wrong ovary of a patient at Georgia's Irwin County Detention Center.

Nurse questions medical care – including hysterectomies – at Georgia ICE jail'These immigrant women, I don't think they really, totally, all the way understand this is what's going to happen depending on who explains it to them,' Dawn Wooten, who worked full-time as a licensed practical nurse is quoted as saying. it's necessary to have a consultant Man you can’t tell me this is legal or humane. Oh my God . Makes one start thinking about the end of days . I always thought it would start in another country not ours.

A ‘Uterus Collector’ Is Reportedly Performing Hysterectomies on Immigrant WomenOne woman at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia likened it to an 'experimental concentration camp.'

A ‘Uterus Collector’ Is Reportedly Performing Hysterectomies on Immigrant WomenOne woman at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia likened it to an 'experimental concentration camp.' What kind shit is this? Taking away a woman's right to her body.