How a Nation of Immigrants Treats Its Immigrants
Victoria Negrón and Caroline Roethlisberger
A 48-year-old Jamaican woman, who had lived in the US for 20 years, got picked up by immigration authorities. After 4-months in the Irwin County Immigration Detention Center in Georgia for four months, she is woken up one morning by guards, who take her to the hospital and tell her she is getting surgery that day. She was told she had abnormally large cysts that needed to be removed surgically. She was skeptical, but standing in the hospital in shackled, she felt pressured to consent to the surgery. She only found out about the truth about her body once she was deported back to Jamaica. Several doctors reviewed her medical reports, and found that surgery was not required and she had actually had her uterus removed, sterilizing her. In a whistle-blower report put out by nurse, Dawn Wooten, exposed that this wasn’t the only time a woman in ICE detention had their uteruses removed without their full understanding and consent.
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