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

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



a group of men standing next to a fence: The Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, is seen in February 2018.


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

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.

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.

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

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Reported surgeries on detained migrant women must be investigated

Dawn Wooten, left, a whistleblower and nurse, speaks at a Sept. 15 news conference at Georgia's Irwin County Detention Center. <span class="copyright">(Jeff Amy / Associated Press)</span>
Dawn Wooten, left, a whistleblower and nurse, speaks at a Sept. 15 news conference at Georgia’s Irwin County Detention Center. (Jeff Amy / Associated Press)

A nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, which houses migrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, filed a whistlerblower complaint last month alleging that some female detainees were subjected to unnecessary hysterectomies, in some cases without them fully understanding what was going on.

We won’t jump to any conclusions about her complaint. The doctor at the center of the allegations has denied that he did anything contrary to medical ethics or standard medical behavior, and ICE said that only two hysterectomies had been performed on women detained at the center since 2018.

The waters also are muddied a bit by conflicting reports on the number of women who may have fallen victim to unnecessary and unwanted medical procedures, not necessarily limited to

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