Many of the women’s claims relate to Dr. Mahendra Amin, who allegedly performed unauthorized hysterectomies on detained migrants.
Several dozen migrant women detained in a Georgia detention center have filed a class action lawsuit against an Irwin County prison and its operators, alleging they were subjected to inconsistent and often unnecessary medical procedures while held behind bars.
According to NBC News, around 40 women have so far made an affidavit on the case. Your lawyers say the breadth of experiences and reports “[reveals] a relentless pattern of unnecessary and non-consensual medical interventions, including undesirable gynecological surgeries and other non-consensual medical interventions. “
As LegalReader reported earlier this year, many of the women say they are victims of Dr. Mahendra Amin, who practiced in Ocilla, Georgia and was signed by the Irwin County Detention Center.
Both ICE and LaSalle Corrections, the private contractor tasked with maintaining order at Irwin, are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Since September, numerous women have claimed that Dr. Amin performed unauthorized – and often unnecessary – hysterectomies on them.
In many cases, Amin allegedly performed hysterectomies – a surgical procedure that involves removing part or all of a woman’s uterus – on Spanish-speaking women, many of whom do not appear to be aware of the effects of such procedures or the reason they received them seem to understand the first place.
Doctor performing the operation; Image by Jafar Ahmed via Unsplash.com.
A woman dubbed Cardentey Fernandez, 39, by The Associated Press had repeatedly alleged ovarian cysts to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Fernandez was supposed to undergo treatment – but he was never told exactly what Dr. Amin had done to her. While her medical records indicate that she should be treated for cysts, once turned over to Amin, they are blank.
Other women say they were pressured to remove vital reproductive organs or limbs, even when such removal was not medically necessary. In some cases, Amin may have made unilateral decisions about performing hysterectomies without giving his patients the option to offer or refuse consent.
The class action lawsuit alleges that many of the inmates who came against Dr. Amin – whether they criticized him or tried to report him for misconduct – were subject to retaliation. Irwin County Detention Center staff reportedly put whistleblowers in solitary confinement. In some cases they may have physically abused detainees, threatened them with deportation, or even facilitated their deportation.
The 160-page lawsuit demands “an immediate end to retaliation against women for speaking out, compensation for the damage suffered, and a letter from the court stating that ICE must make the women available for full participation in this lawsuit or, alternatively, for release.” the women from the internment camp. “
Azadeh Shahshahani, lawyer and attorney for Project South and co-counsel in the lawsuit, suggested that the detention center be closed immediately.
“We seek an immediate end to the tremendous reprisals against the women who spoke out against the abuse, the release of the women who have suffered medical abuse, and compensation for the damage that the survivors have suffered,” Shahshahani said in an explanation. “It is high time to shut down this facility with numerous human rights violations and bring ICE and LaSalle to justice.”
“The main demand,” added Shahshahani, “has always been to close this place.” Irwin has had human rights violations for a number of years and there is no reason why this facility should still be operational. “
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