Stop Abuse and Forced Sterilization of ICE Detainees
On Monday, September 14th, legal advocacy groups filed a whistleblower complaint detailing appalling abuses against immigrants detained at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Irwin Detention Center. The complaint, submitted on behalf of ICE facility nurse Dawn Wooten, alleged the facility was failing to test detainees for COVID, a complaint consistent with previousreports on ICE’s failure to protect detainees from the pandemic. The complaint also detailed horrifying allegations of forced sterilizations of women detainees, often conducted by a single gynecologist. Wooten reported that hysterectomy rates at the facility were inexplicably high and noted detained people who had had a hysterectomy often were unaware of a medical reason for the procedure.