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

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Detained immigrants play soccer behind a barbed wire fence at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. February 20, 2018. Picture taken February 20, 2018. To match Special Report USA-IMMIGRATION/COURT. REUTERS/Reade Levinson

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

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.

In a statement released during the weekend, Mexico's Foreign Ministry said one Mexican national received "a surgical intervention" that she did not authorize.

"If there is any truth to these allegations, it is my commitment to make the corrections necessary to ensure we continue to prioritize the health, welfare and safety of ICE detainees," Pham said in the statement.

According to an earlier statement by the Foreign Ministry, five women said they had "interactions" with a doctor who has been linked to allegedly improper surgeries.

Dr. Ada Rivera, medical director of the ICE Health Service Corps, has said in a statement that since 2018, only two individuals at the Irwin County Detention Center have been referred to certified, credentialed medical professionals at gynecological and obstetrical health care facilities for hysterectomies.

Through a spokesperson, LaSalle Corrections, the company that operates Irwin facility, said in a statement that "all females in our care receive routine, age-appropriate gynecological and obstetrical health care, consistent with recognized community guidelines for women's health services. "

LaSalle also mentioned the two cases cited by ICE's Rivera as the only two referred to certified, credentialed medical professionals at gynecological and obstetrical health care facilities for hysterectomies in compliance with National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) standards.

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