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To: ATL ICE Field Office Director Thomas P. Giles
Stop the Deportation of Survivors & Witnesses of ICE Abuse!
Do not deport survivors and witnesses of coercive gynecological procedures and medical abuse at a for-profit immigration detention center in the middle of a federal investigation!
Mbeti Ndonga (A# 073-764-092), Alma Bowman (A# 035-559-134), Ana Adan Cajigal (A# 204-392-122) and other women detained at Irwin County Detention Center are survivors of medical abuse at the hands of an exploitative gynecologist and key witnesses in an ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice. It is completely unacceptable for ICE to deport survivors and witnesses in the middle of a federal investigation. It reveals how ICE is actively trying to prevent their testimony from making it into the record.
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Why is this important?
Don’t let ICE deport survivors and witnesses of coercive gynecological procedures and medical abuse at a for-profit immigration detention center!
ICE and LaSalle—the for-profit prison corporation that runs Irwin County Detention Center—are under federal investigation for their role in the systematic medical abuse of people incarcerated by ICE. That medical abuse includes coercive, painful, and life-altering gynecological procedures. ICE is attempting to deport the survivors and witnesses who have the knowledge that the investigation needs to hold ICE accountable.
In September, Nurse Dawn Wooten blew the whistle on ICE and LaSalle’s medical abuse and complete failure to protect people in their custody from COVID19. In a report released by Project South and the Government Accountability Project, she exposed Irwin County Detention Center’s (ICDC) partnership with a doctor who was pressuring women into accepting painful, life-altering and unnecessary gynecological procedures, including hysterectomies. The women detained at ICDC have continued to speak out about the use of medical neglect and torture at ICDC for profit and punishment. Independent medical professionals have since reviewed dozens of medical records and uncovered a pattern of coerced, painful, and life-altering violence against the bodies of incarcerated women who are disproportionately Black and brown.
Some women still do not know what was done to their bodies. They only know they did not want it or ask for it.
ICE and LaSalle are hoping the election will pull our attention away from these abuses for long enough to escape accountability. They are denying women the opportunity to meet with doctors who might help them understand what has been done to their bodies. Not only that, but ICE and LaSalle are conspiring to deport the survivors and witnesses of their crimes for participating in the ongoing investigation.
We will not allow ICE to retaliate against and disappear the survivors of their crimes or witnesses in the investigation.
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* 1b. Call Assistant Field Office Director Patrick Musante: 404 893 1326
To let them know that:
Mbeti Ndonga (A# 073-764-092), Alma Bowman (A# 035-559-134), Ana Adan Cajigal (A# 204-392-122) and other women detained at ICDC are survivors of medical abuse and witnesses in an ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice. It is completely unacceptable for ICE to deport survivors and witnesses in the middle of a federal investigation. It reveals how ICE is actively trying to prevent their testimony from making it into the record.
* 2. When you’ve made your call and sent your email, find three friends and ask them to do the same. Don’t let ICE secretly deport the survivors and key witnesses in an ongoing investigation into ICE’s crimes!
* 3. Donate to the commissary fund hosted by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights: http://bit.ly/ICDCcommfund to support the brave men and women at ICDC!