Mexico asks U.S. for information on alleged hysterectomies on migrants
Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. Wooten says authorities denied COVID-19 tests to immigrants, performed questionable hysterectomies and shredded records in a complaint filed to the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)
MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican government said Wednesday it has requested information from the United States about claims that migrants were subjected to hysterectomies at a detention centre in Georgia and that a migrant allegedly suffered sexual abuse at a facility in Texas.
"A formal request has been made to the appropriate authorities for a report on the supposed negligent actions or rights abuses at immigration detention centres," Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said.
The department said consular personnel would try to guarantee migrants' rights are respected at detention centres. It said it would follow the cases and provide consular assistance to any victims.
On Monday, a nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia claimed that staff had performed questionable hysterectomies on migrant women held there. A top U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement medical official has "vehemently" disputed the lightly substantiated claim.
Also this week, an immigrant woman who has accused guards of sexually assaulting her at a detention centre in El Paso, Texas, was deported.
The woman alleged guards at the El Paso Processing Center forcibly kissed her and targeted her in places where they could not be seen by security cameras. After the Texas Tribune and ProPublica first reported the allegations, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general opened an investigation into her case and allegations from at least two other people.