United States: Removal of the uterus of migrant women without their knowledge?

Several human rights organizations denounce serial hysterectomies in a center where migrant women are held and which are said to be performed against their will.


NGOs have lodged a complaint with the US government and denounced Monday a large number of hysterectomies performed on migrant women placed in a detention center in Georgia, in the United States.

It was a nurse from the establishment who informed NGOs about these practices taking place in the Georgia Private Detention Center, where some women are being held on behalf of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a United States Department of Homeland Security customs and border control agency.

“When I met all these women who had this surgery, I thought it looked like an experimental concentration camp. It was as if they were experimenting on our bodies, ”said an inmate interviewed by Project South, one of the NGOs behind the complaint.

The whistleblower said several women told her they did not understand why they had been given a hysterectomy.

“Several inmates told me they went to see the doctor and had hysterectomies without being informed” beforehand, she said.

According to the same source, one doctor in particular “performed hysterectomies on just about everyone”.

The NGOs Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network are at the origin of this complaint, filed on behalf of the immigrant detained and the whistleblower nurse.


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