Attorneys Allege ICE Attempting to Deport Witnesses to Forced Gynecological Surgeries
ICE reportedly attempted to deport several women who are critical witnesses in an alleged surgery scandal involving a gynecologist. Apart from deporting many women, attorneys say the Trump administration is also threatening to expel others who have alleged mistreatment by Georgia gynecologist — Dr. Mahendra Amin — at the immigration detention center.
Complaints were lodged by four lawyers and a nurse employed at an Irwin County, Georgia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center.
They allege multiple immigrant women were forced into non-consensual gynecological procedures, including hysterectomies. The patients were allegedly sent to Dr. Amin — who practices in Douglas, Georgia – on multiple occasions.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deported six former patients of Dr. Amin. The six women were among the patients whom the doctor treated at the Irwin County Detention Centre, In Ocilla, Georgia. The facility accommodates immigrant detainees in ICE’s custody, as well as inmates for the U.S. Marshals Service and Irwin County.
According to allegations made by the migrant women, Amin either performed unnecessary procedures or operated without receiving their consent. The unauthorized procedures allegedly jeopardized the women’s ability to reproduce.
The number of immigrant women who allege they underwent nonconsensual or medically unnecessary gynecological procedures has grown to at least 43, according to multiple reports. Of those, 17 women remain detained and only one has received a request by federal investigators to be interviewed.
Lawyers working with the women claim they have received information signaling that the administration could soon deport the remaining 17 individuals. One of the detained women told federal investigators that ICE had notified her of an “imminent” removal.
The allegations came to the forefront when an initial complaint was filed by an Irwin County Detention Centre nurse — Dawn Wooten — last month. Wooten stated that many of the detained women were taken to an unnamed OB-GYN referred to as the “uterus collector” (described by Wooten because of the multiple hysterectomies that the doctor performed on the women). Wooten was demoted from a full-time position to “as-needed” in July after she missed work due to experiencing coronavirus symptoms. However, Wooten suspects that her demotion had nothing to do with COVID-19 protocol, but was in retaliation for “whistleblowing.”
The matter is under investigation by the inspector general from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.
Immigration advocates have appealed to federal investigators in an effort to compel them to probe not only Amin’s role, but also ICE’s role in the medical procedures and subsequent deportations.
Scott Grubman, Amin’s lawyer, denied the accusation, contending Amin is a “highly respected physician who has dedicated his adult life to treating a high-risk, underserved population in rule Georgia.”
The Irwin County Hospital also defended Amin, issuing a statement declaring he, “Is a long-time member of the Irwin County Hospital medical staff and has been in good standing for the entirety of his service to the Irwin County community.”
Due to the allegations, at present Amin is reportedly not treating women from Irwin County Detention Centre.