The 10 women in the complaint were all ill-treated by Amin, six of whom were still detained at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) Ocilla, Georgia. Among the 10 is Yanira, who, according to Vice News, lived in the United States last month since she was three, is the mother of an 11-year-old US citizen and is at risk of deportation to a country she has only visited a few times . She described her procedure with Amin as both physically and emotionally traumatic.
“The pain was unbearable,” she said in the complaint. “I survived extreme sexual violence and it felt like I was being raped again. I kept squirming on the chair. I said to him, “No,” but he kept walking. “The complaint states that”[i]On several occasions, Amin performed invasive medical procedures on Yanira, even after Yanira told Amin that all of her reproductive organs had previously been removed. “
Other women said their appointments continued even though language problems prevented them from giving their consent or even knowing what was happening to them. “He [Amin] didn’t explain anything and he didn’t show me the picture from my ultrasound, ”said Tatiana.
“I didn’t understand what was happening or why – they didn’t have an interpreter for me,” she continued. “They didn’t give me any records of the appointment or my diagnosis.” Another woman, Soraya, said sheI had no idea what they would do to me because they spoke to me in English and I only speak Spanish. You never used an interpreter. They also never asked about my medical history or whether I was allergic to anything. “
“Even in cases where there was no language barrier,” the complaint continues, “the women describe being pressured and humiliated by Amin.”
Lawyers said that only one of the women from the complaint was released by ICE officials to continue her case in the United States. Six are still detained at the ICDC and three have already been deported. In fact, ICE has attempted to deport several other victims, with pressure from the court lawyers that led to the Trump administration consenting not to take any further action against these cruel efforts until President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January.
Elora Mukherjee, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School Director and a lawyer representing two of the victims, told Vice News The court agreement not to deport a number of women matters. “This is an acknowledgment from the federal government that it is vital that these women have a significant opportunity to participate in the federal investigation into medical atrocities in Irwin,” she said.
But all of these women should also be released – and Irwin should be shut down. “These women have shown tremendous courage to tell their stories and fight for human rights recognition,” said Laura Rivera, director of the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative. “[W]We urge our communities and elected officials to address the appalling human rights abuses that are occurring in the ICDC and ICE facilities across the country. It is time for these prisons to be closed for good. “