An ICE detention center in Georgia has been accused of performing unwanted hysterectomies on detainees
By Juno Kelly.
Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia is being compared to a concentration camp after whistleblower Dawn Wooten – who was a nurse at the center for three years – revealed that mass hysterectomies were being performed on Spanish-speaking women without their full consent.
Wooten also alleged that the general safety standards at the center were dramatically sub-standard, particularly with regards to a lack of COVID-19 prevention measures. 43 detainees at the center have been diagnosed with the virus thus far.
The center is run by a private company, LaSalle Corrections, in Ocilla, Ga., and is populated with migrants detained by the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). On Monday, ICE claimed that it was taking the allegations seriously and was “firmly committed to the safety and welfare of all those in its custody.”
170 members of congress, including House Speaker and lifelong democrat Nancy Pelosi came forward, with Pelosi telling reporters, “if true, the appalling conditions described in the whistleblower complaint – including allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on vulnerable immigrant women – are a staggering abuse of human rights.”
Wooten acknowledged that her claims have made her a target for the masses, but said that it was a risk she was willing to take. She took to twitter to state, “I did this for my five babies. Someone had to stand up.”
Social media is ablaze with people ready to protect Wooten, and to do everything in their power to seek justice for the women affected. Protests took place on Wednesday in Manhattan, with New Yorkers taking to the streets to call for the abolishment of the ICE.