A nurse makes serious allegations: In an internment camp in the US state of Georgia, doctors are supposed to remove the uterus of migrant women from Central and South America – without the women knowing what is happening to them.
- Serious medical interventions are said to occur in a US internment camp.
- Migrant women are said to have their uterus removed without really understanding it.
- A nurse is now publicly accusing it.
It’s about the privately run Irwin County Detention Center in the US state of Georgia. Asylum seekers who have illegally entered the USA from Central and South America are housed here. Dawn Wooten also worked at the Irwin County Detention Center until July. What she experienced there as a nurse made her a whistleblower.
On Monday, supported by human rights activists, she filed a 27-page lawsuit against the center. The nurse’s main reproach to the doctors working there: They would remove the migrant women ’s uterus more or less often than average – and this without the women, who often do not speak English, fully understanding what was happening to them and their bodies.
“He is the uterus collector”
“The frequency of hysterectomies performed gave Ms. Wooten and other nurses cause for concern,” said the lawsuit cited by the BBC. One doctor in particular attracted attention with his many interventions: «He performed the operation on all of his patients. That is his specialty. He is the uterus collector. “
Against the background of these grave allegations, human rights activists visited the detention center and interviewed the inmates. One woman compared the center to an “experimental concentration camp”: “It’s as if they were experimenting with our bodies.”
Treatments and corona tests denied
Another accusation raised: Lack of precautionary and protective measures during the Corona crisis. This goes so far that inmates with symptoms of the disease are denied medical treatment and Covid-19 tests. In order to look good to the outside world, the center forged patient records. People suffering from the virus are not isolated and social distancing is not practiced.
Even two test devices that the state had procured for $ 14,000 each remained unused. “The employees were not taught how to use these devices,” said Wooten in her complaint. “I’ve only seen it in operation once.”
The Irwin County Detention Center is subordinate to the police and customs authority ICE, which in turn is affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security DHS. This responded to the complaint received: “We take the allegations seriously and are committed to the safety and well-being of all people in our custody.” However, the ministry will “investigate anonymous, unproven allegations without verified details with the skepticism they deserve”.
The accusations made by Nurse Wooten and the interned women against the center do not seem new. “Activists have been indicting human rights violations within the Irwin County Detention Center for years,” one activist told the BBC. “Ms. Wooten’s statements confirm what interned migrant women have been reporting about for years.”