2020-10-14 11:30

Mexico identifies two women who may have received non-consensual surgeries in ICE detention eg8世界播



The Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, is seen in February 2018. eg8世界播


Mexico City Mexico has identified two women who may have been subjected to non-consensual surgeries while detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). eg8世界播


The finding is part of a larger Mexican investigation into allegations of improper medical care for detained migrant women at ICE's privately-run Irwin Country Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. eg8世界播


In a statement released during the weekend, Mexico's Foreign Ministry said one Mexican national received "a surgical intervention" that she did not authorize. The ministry specified that the operation was not a hysterectomy, and said she did not receive post-operative care. The woman also did not receive treatment for a hernia, the statement adds. eg8世界播


A second woman in Mexico allegedly underwent a gynecological surgery "without her full consent," according to the Ministry, which did not specify the type of surgery. The statement says she did not "receive an explanation in Spanish of the medical diagnosis or the nature of the medical procedures that would be performed." The government says it is "verifying" this case. eg8世界播


Reached for comment on Tuesday, ICE released a statement attributed to Acting Director Tony Pham that the allegations "raise very serious concerns that deserve to be investigated," and are being reviewed by both the Office of Inspector General where the original whistleblower complaint was filed, and the Department of Homeland Security. eg8世界播

周二,记者联系到ICE请其置评,ICE发布了一份被认为是代理局长托尼·范(Tony Pham)的声明,称这些指控“引发了非常严重的担忧,值得调查”,并正在接受最初举报人投诉的监察长办公室(Office Of Inspector General)和国土安全部(Department Of Homeland Security)的审查。eg8世界播

"If there is any truth to these allegations, it is my commitment to make the corrections necessary to ensure we continue to prioritize the health, welfare and safety of ICE detainees," Pham said in the statement. eg8世界播


In September, Dawn Wooten, a licensed practical nurse formerly employed at Georgia's Irwin County Detention Center filed a complaint raising concerns about an undetermined number of hysterectomies supposedly performed there, as well as alleged medical neglect. eg8世界播

9月份,曾受雇于佐治亚州欧文县拘留中心的执业护士道恩·伍滕(Dawn Wooten)提出申诉,对据称在那里进行的子宫切除手术数量不详,以及所谓的医疗疏忽表示担忧。eg8世界播

At least 20 women have since been interviewed by Mexican officials as part of the ongoing investigation. According to an earlier statement by the Foreign Ministry, five women said they had "interactions" with a doctor who has been linked to allegedly improper surgeries. eg8世界播


Dr. Ada Rivera, medical director of the ICE Health Service Corps, has said in a statement that since 2018, only two individuals at the Irwin County Detention Center have been referred to certified, credentialed medical professionals at gynecological and obstetrical health care facilities for hysterectomies. eg8世界播

ICE Health Service Corps的医务主任阿达·里维拉(Ada Rivera)博士在一份声明中表示,自2018年以来,欧文县拘留中心只有两名个人被转介到妇产科医疗机构接受子宫切除术的认证和认证的医疗专业人员。eg8世界播

"Based on their evaluations, these specialists recommended hysterectomies. These recommendations were reviewed by the facility clinical authority and approved," Rivera said, citing agency data. eg8世界播


Through a spokesperson, LaSalle Corrections, the company that operates Irwin facility, said in a statement that "all females in our care receive routine, age-appropriate gynecological and obstetrical health care, consistent with recognized community guidelines for women's health services." eg8世界播

运营欧文医疗中心的拉萨尔矫正公司(Lasalle Equtions)通过一名发言人在一份声明中表示,“我们护理的所有女性都会接受常规的、与年龄相适应的妇产科医疗服务,这与公认的社区女性健康服务指南是一致的。”eg8世界播

LaSalle also mentioned the two cases cited by ICE's Rivera as the only two 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. eg8世界播


According to the Ministry, Mexico's consulate in Atlanta, Georgia is in contact with a lawyer for a possible class action lawsuit and "with the women who could be included in it, in order to explore legal channels that address the violation of their rights." eg8世界播


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