Irwin County Detention Center

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The Irwin County Detention Center is a private prison operated by Louisiana-based LaSalle Corrections[1] located in Irwin County, Georgia. At least 43 women prisoners and a whistleblower nurse came forward alleging non-consensual surgeries and medically unnecessary procedures, including hysterectomies, were performed by a gynecologist affiliated with the jail.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Following the allegations of abuse, ICE terminated its contract with the facility.[8]

On December 22, 2020, forty migrant women being held at the Irwin County Detention Center immigration detention center filed a lawsuit alleging abuse and unnecessary forced medical procedures, including the hysterectomies.[9] The women also complained of retaliation and subpar COVID-19 treatment. The Department of Justice (DoJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are conducting investigations; advocates have called upon President Joe Biden and Congress to investigate the abuse and close the Irwin County detention center.[9] ICE opted to let its contract with LaSalle expire and not renew it; in September 2021, ICE removed its immigration-related detainees from the prison with the completion of the contract.[10]

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  1. ^ Clarke, Matthew (February 15, 2013). "LaSalle Corrections: A Family-Run Prison Firm". Prison Legal News. Archived from the original on November 17, 2020. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  2. ^ Gabbatt, Adam (21 Nov 2020). "'He hurt me': migrants who accused Ice gynecologist of abuse speak out". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  3. ^ Alvarez, Priscilla (16 September 2020). "Whistleblower alleges high rate of hysterectomies and medical neglect at ICE facility". CNN. Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  4. ^ Olivares, José; Washington, John (September 15, 2020). "'He Just Empties You All Out': Whistleblower Reports High Number of Hysterectomies at Ice Detention Facility". The Intercept. Archived from the original on September 17, 2020. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Olivares, José; Washington, John (September 14, 2020). "'A Silent Pandemic': Nurse at Ice Facility Blows the Whistle on Coronavirus Dangers". The Intercept. Archived from the original on September 17, 2020. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Lambe, Jerry (September 14, 2020). "'Like an Experimental Concentration Camp': Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Mass Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Center". Law & Crime. Archived from the original on September 17, 2020. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  7. ^ O'Toole, Molly (October 22, 2020). "19 women allege medical abuse in Georgia immigration detention". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2020-10-24. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  8. ^ Sacchetti, Maria (May 20, 2021). "ICE to stop detaining immigrants at two county jails under federal investigation". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  9. ^ a b Castronuovo, Celine (22 December 2020). "Migrant women file lawsuit against doctor for alleged forced medical procedures". TheHill. The Hill. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  10. ^ Redmon, Jeremy (September 4, 2021). "All ICE detainees moved out of South Georgia jail". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on January 22, 2022. Retrieved January 22, 2022.

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