The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) reported on the registration of two women who underwent gynecological surgeries without their consent in the immigration detention center of Irwin County, in the state of Georgia, in the United States
The SRE stressed that it maintains permanent contact with the victims, so it is known that these events occurred under the responsibility of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office.
Yesterday, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) released a statement in which it announced the initiation of investigations for possible human rights violations of two women who were subjected to medical malpractices in Irwin, Georgia. According to the CNDH, the staff of the SRE and the National Migration Institute did not provide help to the victims, so this afternoon the SRE acknowledged being aware of the cases.
Subsequently, the CNDH reported that it managed to locate the two women in Mexico, who indicated that they were arrested and admitted to the Irwin County Detention Center, Georgia, where they were subjected to medical procedures that they considered irregular. During their stay in that place, they were provided with the telephone numbers of the Consulate of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia; however, they were never answered or interviewed by officials of said representation.
In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an information card stating that “even during the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the suspension of visits to immigration detention centers, the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta remained in contact with Mexican women detainees who agreed to dialogue with consular officials and complaints were channeled to the ICE authorities and the center in Irwin in a timely manner. ”
She affirmed that “the government of Mexico promptly follows up on complaints of medical malpractices that Mexican women have suffered.”
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In addition, he assured that the SRE, through the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, is in communication with both the affected Mexican women and with ICE authorities and the detention center; as well as with the lawyer who coordinates a potential class action lawsuit, in order to explore the legal channels that address the violation of human rights.
Supports two cases
The SRE explained that as a result of the actions taken by the consular representation and the interviews that Mexican officials conducted in the detention center on September 23, “the case of a Mexican woman who underwent a surgical intervention (not a hysterectomy was identified). ) which, according to the elements shared by the affected person, was not authorized by the national, did not receive post-operative care and was not treated for another non-gynecological condition from which she suffered (hernia) ”.
He added that given the seriousness of the aforementioned, the Consulate General requested the opinion of a medical specialist who, after an exhaustive review of the file, considered that there were irregularities or anomalies in the medical procedure.
He added that “the consular representation is also verifying an additional case of a Mexican woman who is already in our country and who would also have undergone gynecological surgery without her full consent, without having received an explanation in Spanish of the medical diagnosis. nor of the nature of the medical procedures that would be carried out ”.