Mexico Demands Reports On Alleged Unauthorized Hysterectomies, Sexual Abuse In ICE Custody

Published: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 11:47pm
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MEXICO CITY — Two immigration detention centers were accused of serious violations of human rights, including involuntary surgeries and sexual abuse. Mexico’s government has formally requested from U.S. authorities a report on the alleged negligent practices. 

Mexico’s secretary of Foreign Affairs, through its consulates in Atlanta and El Paso, is asking for detailed reports on the alleged violations. The accusations point to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

One points at a doctor in Irwin, Georgia, who reportedly practiced a series of unauthorized hysterectomies — or uterus removal — on immigrant women, some of them Mexican nationals. 

At a detention center in El Paso, Texas, a Mexican woman was allegedly raped.

In a press release, the Mexican government says it wants to clarify the facts and identify Mexican people who may have been affected, to guarantee that their rights are respected.

Several U.S.-based human rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, are putting together legal complaints while pushing for investigations.

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