For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 28, 20
Contact: Margie Del Castillo
Alexandria, VA – The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR)
Healthcare worker Dawn Wooten made allegations of forced hysterectomies at a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility located in Ocilla, Georgia on September 14, 2020. Ms. Wooten who worked at the Irwin Detention Center (IDC) located three hours south of Atlanta, Georgia stated on the Chris Hayes show, “I had several detained women on numerous occasions that would come to me and say ‘Ms. Wooten, I had a hysterectomy. Why?”
The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights applauds Ms. Wooten’s bravery and dedication to hold those accountable for egregious violations of human rights.
Margie Del Castillo, the VACIR Board Chair, is calling for a full investigation into these serious allegations and demands justice for the women and people who have suffered forced sterilization. “This is not the first time we learned of cruel and inhumane treatment towards Black women and women of color at the hands of the United States government. Our society and communities must hold the Immigration and Customs Enforcement accountable for its numerous human rights violations. These latest allegations are the result of a system that has failed our communities, families, and every member of our society. We at VACIR hold Congress and the Trump Administration responsible for the neglect, incompetency, and overall failure of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is beyond time to eliminate the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and replace it with a new system that reflects the ethics, moral compass, and affords the dignity and compassion the immigrant community deserves.”
The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR) is a multi-racial and multi-ethnic coalition of organizations that exists to win dignity, power and quality of life for all immigrant and refugee communities.