The Division of Homeland Safety’s inside watchdog has opened an investigation right into a whistleblower’s allegations of coerced hysterectomies being carried out on migrant girls held at a Georgia detention facility.
The DHS confirmed the probe in an announcement Wednesday after strain from Congress and immigrant advocates mounted.
The grievance, filed by Daybreak Wooten, a nurse employed on the Irwin County Detention Middle in Ocilla, Ga., together with a number of civil-rights organizations, alleges that “excessive charges of hysterectomies” had been carried out on immigrant girls who didn’t want them and weren’t totally conscious they had been going to be carried out. The grievance cites a number of detained immigrants as witnesses, although lots of the accounts are secondhand.
Ms. Wooten additionally seems to not have witnessed the hysterectomies, although she testified within the grievance to talking with a number of girls who underwent them. “I’ve had a number of inmates inform me that they’ve been to see the physician and so they’ve had hysterectomies and so they don’t know why they went or why they’re going,” she mentioned within the grievance.