Statement: Working women decry latest medical atrocities, ongoing state violence against detained immigrant women

Statement of 9to5, National Association of Working Women Executive Director Leng Leng Chancey


ATLANTA — This week, a nurse at a private immigration detention center in Georgia came forward to report “jarring medical neglect” and outright human rights abuses at a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility. According to the whistleblower, the center has not only ignored COVID-19 safety protocols, but is allegedly performing mass hysterectomies without proper consent. 9to5, National Association of Working Women Executive Director Leng Leng Chancey issued the following statement:

“We are outraged by the allegations of mass hysterectomies, forced or coerced sterilization, medical neglect and abuses being committed in an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Georgia. We demand immediate action, accountability and justice for the immigrant women and people being held in U.S. custody without being afforded the most basic human rights.


“This country has a long history of abusing women in custody — especially women of color. From the forced sterilization of incarcerated citizens to these latest allegations of atrocities committed against immigrant women and people, the U.S. has repeatedly violated the bodily integrity of women and people of color, part of the systemic racism and sexism embedded in every aspect of our society.


“The immigrants being detained by ICE traveled here seeking a better life. They believed in the promise of the American Dream and instead are trapped in a dystopian nightmare. All who value dignity and equality must rise up and demand an immediate end to the human rights violations being perpetrated by our government. Every one of us is responsible for demanding that ICE and the Trump administration uphold basic human rights. America can and must be better than this — and we won’t rest until every person is treated with dignity and respect, without regard to their immigration status.”

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