American NGOs sound the alarm: several migrant women were sterilized without being asked – radar

Several NGOs have filed complaints against the US government. A detention center in Georgia, USA, performed hysterectomy on migrant women with unusual frequency.

It was Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the privately owned Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, who briefed NGOs on the practices. The whistleblower said several women told her they did not understand why they should have had a hysterectomy. “Several inmates told me they went to the doctor and were sterilized without notice,” she said. None of the women she spoke to could explain why they had been subjected to the procedure. In particular, according to the same source, a doctor “performed hysterectomy on almost everyone”.

No permission

For example, Wooten tells the story of a woman who went under the knife to have a cyst on her left ovary removed. When she came out of the operating room, both of her ovaries had been removed. Another woman was told by the doctor that she also had a cyst, but that it could be treated through three small holes. On the way to the hospital, it turned out that she should have a hysterectomy. When she explained that something had gone wrong, the nurse angrily replied and screamed.

Azadeh Shahshahani of the NGO Project South says the women in the ICDC are in an extremely vulnerable position and “have no control over their own bodies.” “There doesn’t seem to be any informed consent … the women barely had a say in what was going on.”

“Experimental Concentration Camp”

Sterilization may be medically indicated, for example if you have a very heavy period or other serious illness, but these are only exceptions. “It can’t be that everyone’s uterus is in such bad shape, can it?” Says Wooten.

When I met all these women who had undergone such an operation, it occurred to me that it looked like an experimental concentration camp. It was as if they were experimenting with our bodies, ”one woman who stayed in the center told the NGO Project South.

Long list of incidents

“The sterilization of migrant women is another horror story that should be included in the list of abuses documented in private ICE prisons,” said Paola Luisi, director of Families Belong Together. The cut. She refers to that Track girls’ menstrual cycles to prevent them from having an abortion, to the political decision pregnant women will be able to refuse a visa and the separated from mothers and their children.

Several NGOs served together on behalf of the detained migrants and the nurse who sounded the alarm complaint in the. The complaint also mentions poor health care in general and unsafe working and living conditions. The center accommodates migrants who are being held at the request of the American immigration control service ICE, among other things.

It was Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the privately owned Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, who briefed NGOs on the practices. The whistleblower said several women told her they did not understand why they should have had a hysterectomy. “Several inmates told me they went to the doctor and were sterilized without notice,” she said. None of the women she spoke to could explain why they had been subjected to the procedure. In particular, according to the same source, a doctor “performed hysterectomy on almost everyone”. For example, Wooten tells the story of a woman who went under the knife to have a cyst removed on her left ovary. When she came out of the operating room, both of her ovaries had been removed. Another woman was told by the doctor that she also had a cyst, but that it could be treated through three small holes. On the way to the hospital, it turned out that she should have a hysterectomy. When she explained that something went wrong, the nurse angrily replied and screamed. Azadeh Shahshahani of the NGO Project South says the women in the ICDC are in an extremely vulnerable position and “have no control over their own bodies.” “There doesn’t seem to be any informed consent … the women barely had a say in what happened.” Sterilization may be medically appropriate, for example if you have very heavy periods or other serious medical conditions, but these are fair exceptions. “It can’t be that everyone’s uterus is in such bad shape, can it?” Says Wooten. When I met all these women who had undergone such an operation, it occurred to me that it looked like an experimental concentration camp. It was as if they were experimenting with our bodies, ”one woman who stayed in the center told the NGO Project South. “The sterilization of female immigrants is another horror story to be added to the list of assaults documented in private ICE prisons,” said Paola Luisi, director of Families Belong Together at The Cut. She refers, among other things, to the recording of the menstrual cycle of girls to prevent an abortion, the political decision to refuse pregnant women visas and the separation of mothers and their children. Several NGOs jointly filed a complaint on behalf of the detained migrants and the nurse who sounded the alarm. The complaint also mentions poor health care in general and unsafe working and living conditions. The center accommodates migrants who are being held at the request of the American immigration control service ICE, among other things.