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14 Sep, 3 tweets, 1 min read
The forced hysterectomies of immigrants is violent, grotesque, and clearly unconstitutional. Once again, ICE reminds us that it has total disregard for the health, safety, and dignity of detained people.
Forced and coerced sterilizations have a long and shameful history in this country that continue to this day.
We stand with all those fighting to end these abusive practices.
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This detention center, Irwin, is run by for-profit provider LaSalle. We investigated the money-making machinery of ICE detention and the misery it causes earlier this year.

It has to end.
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The appalling new whistleblower complaint reporting the use of forced and coerced hysterectomies at Irwin County Detention Center is just the latest chapter in the chronicle of horrors that detained people face in ICE detention.

Let's talk about this.
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She came forward to report the sheer number of these procedures and that many who had received them didn't appear to understand why.
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