House of Rep condemns unwanted surgeries on immigrants

Washington, DCThe US House of Representatives has passed a resolution condemning the unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures performed on immigrant women without their consent at a private detention center in Ocilla, Georgia.

Co-sponsored by 225 members led by Indian American Pramila Jayapal H.Res. 1153 also calls on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take a series of specific actions including immediately complying with all related investigations.

New York Times report last week alleged that an Indian American doctor performed unneeded surgeries on immigrants detained at a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracted center at the Irwin County

Interviews with 16 women treated by Dr. Mahendra Amin, and reviews of seven medical files, demonstrate a pattern of over-treatment with surgery, misleading case notes, and a lack of meaningful consent, Times said.

Last week lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf calling on him to urgently take specified actions and immediately respond to a set of pressing document requests.

Additionally, 173 members of Congress urged DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to open an immediate and full investigation. 

The resolution was endorsed by 54 organizations including the AFL-CIO; African Communities Together; Alianza Nacional de Campesinas; American Friends Service Committee; American Immigration Lawyers Association; Amnesty International USA; Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence.

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