A complaint filed Monday with the Department of Homeland Security by the human rights group Project South alleges that a privately owned immigration jail in Georgia is performing a high number of hysterectomies on detainees without their “informed consent.”
Project South quoted a detainee from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), which is owned by LaSalle Southwest Corrections in Georgia, who said at least five women were given a hysterectomy between October and December 2019 from a gynecologist outside the facility. When asked why they had the procedures, the women “reacted confused when explaining why they had one done,” according to the complaint.
The unidentified detainee said the procedures were like experiments.
“When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp. It was like they’re experimenting with our bodies,” she said.
Another unidentified detainee reported to Project South that staff at ICDC and the doctor’s office did not explain what procedure she was going to have, telling Project South it “felt like they were trying to mess with my body.”
She was allegedly given three different responses as to what procedure would