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Senate: Migrants subject to unnecessary medical procedures

SANTA FE, N.M. — U.S. immigration authorities did not do sufficient to adequately vet or monitor a gynecologist in rural Georgia who carried out unnecessary medical procedures on detained migrant girls with out their consent, in accordance to outcomes of a Senate investigation launched Tuesday.

A Senate panel highlighted outcomes of the 18-month investigation of off-site well being take care of migrants beforehand held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the privately owned and operated Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia.

The panel heard testimony from a detained migrant mom who was transported in shackles to be brusquely probed by a gynecologist and later injected with a contraceptive with out rationalization.

The investigation targeted on off-site consultations and therapy offered by gynecologist Dr. Mahendra Amin to girls underneath the oversight of ICE officers within the Department of Homeland Security. It catalogued a whole bunch of procedures and surgical procedures administered by Amin between 2017 and 2020, interviewing six girls intimately about their experiences as sufferers.

The probe discovered that two hysterectomies carried out by Amin appeared to be medically crucial, however that detainees appeared to have been subject to extreme, invasive and infrequently unnecessary gynecological procedures by the doctor.

The probe discovered that ICE officers weren’t conscious of publicly out there data relating to malpractice lawsuits in opposition to Amin and a Medicaid fraud lawsuit introduced in opposition to him by the Department of Justice and Georgia. The fraud declare was settled in 2015 with out acknowledgement of wrongdoing.

Amin declined to testify at Tuesday’s listening to in Washington or answer to the investigation, asserting his Fifth Amendment proper in opposition to self-incrimination.

“I can’t think of much of anything worse than this — unnecessary surgeries performed on prisoners,” U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff of Georgia stated. “Give me a break. It is an abject failure.”

Stewart Smith, assistant director of ICE Health Services Corps, acknowledged that his company was unaware of the issues about Amin till a whistleblower grievance emerged in September 2020.

“In Dr. Amin’s case, he was the only provider in the area that was willing to see these patients,” Smith said. “We were not aware of all the particulars until the whistleblower allegations.”

ICE Health Services Corps provides direct health care services at 21 detention facilities nationwide and monitors compliance with medical standards at about 150 other facilities with services provided by local governments or contractors.

The agency provided oversight at Irwin County Detention Center, where detainees were transported off-site to receive specialized care.

The Department of Homeland Security final year terminated its contract with the Irwin County Detention Center and transferred detained migrants to different amenities.

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