Mexico identifies two women who may have received non-consensual surgeries in ICE detention

Mexico has identified two women who may have been subjected to non-consensual surgeries while detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).



a group of men standing next to a fence: The Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, is seen in February 2018.


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The Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, is seen in February 2018.

The finding is part of a larger Mexican investigation into allegations of improper medical care for detained migrant women at ICE’s privately-run Irwin Country Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia.

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In a statement released during the weekend, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said one Mexican national received “a surgical intervention” that she did not authorize. The ministry specified that the operation was not a hysterectomy, and said she did not receive post-operative care. The woman also did not receive treatment for a hernia, the statement adds.

A second woman in Mexico allegedly underwent a gynecological surgery “without her full consent,” according to the Ministry, which did not specify the type of surgery. The

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Mexico says two women may have had non-consensual surgery in U.S. detention center

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said it has identified two Mexican migrant women who may have had surgery performed on them without their consent while detained at a U.S. immigration center in the state of Georgia.



a close up of a flag: Demonstrators march during the Never Again Para Nadir protest against ICE Detention camps in Boston


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Demonstrators march during the Never Again Para Nadir protest against ICE Detention camps in Boston

While being held at the Irwin center in Georgia, one Mexican woman was reportedly subject to gynecological surgery without her approval and without receiving post-operative care, the ministry said in a weekend statement.

The ministry said its findings were based on actions taken by consular staff and interviews Mexican officials conducted at the center.

Officials were also verifying the case of a second woman who may have been subject to surgical intervention “without her full consent,” without receiving an explanation in Spanish of the procedure, or her medical diagnosis, it added.

It did

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