Daily Kos: Senate Investigation Confirms Immigrant Women Were Forced to Undergo Invasive Exams
This article features Government Accountability Project whistleblower claims and was originally published here.
Immigrant women detained at a notorious Georgia facility were forced to undergo “invasive, and often unnecessary gynecological procedures” by a government-contracted doctor, an 18-month-long congressional investigation into the alleged abuses has confirmed.
While the report released by Senator Jon Ossoff this week said that investigators didn’t find evidence confirming “allegations of mass hysterectomies,” a contracted doctor did force unneeded and harmful procedures on a number of women detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla. The doctor also repeatedly failed “to secure informed consent for offsite medical procedures performed on ICDC detainees,” investigators said.
The gynecologist, Mahendra Amin, is currently under federal investigation. Investigators said Amin refused to cooperate in the probe, invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination when subpoenaed by the committee. Since the allegations emerged in 2020, the Biden administration has also ordered the termination of the facility’s ICE contract.