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Dawn Wooten, a nurse blew the whistle about inhumane conditions and mass hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center in South Georgia.

Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the immigration detention center in Georgia made allegations of mass hysterectomies and medical malpractices at the facility.

Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the immigration detention center in Georgia made allegations of mass hysterectomies and medical malpractices at the facility.On Sept 16, news broke that the Department of Homeland Security was investigating allegations that immigrant women detained at a privately run detention center in Georgia underwent gynecological procedures without fully understanding or consenting to them. Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network had filed a complaint at the Department of Homeland Security accusing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of performing a staggering number of hysterectomies on immigrant women, as well as failing to follow procedures meant to keep both detainees and employees safe from the coronavirus, reported The Intercept. The complaint was filed on behalf of several detained immigrants and a nurse named Dawn Wooten, who alleged that immigrants who held in custody at a private detention facility in Georgia contracted by ICE feared for their lives due to negligent COVID-19 practices by facility staff.

Wooten described to The Intercept how she repeatedly complained to staff leadership before she was demoted in early July from working full time to an on-call position. She was only offered a few hours a month — a move she charges was retaliation for speaking up and demanding stricter medical safety protocols. The Hill quoted her as saying,"'I became a whistleblower, now I'm a target. But 'I'll be a target anytime,' she said, rather than staying a part of what she called an 'inhumane' system."

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the allegations that immigrant women detained at a privately run detention center in Georgia underwent gynecological procedures without fully understanding or consenting to them, reported The New York Times.

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