I’m seeing a lot about this story alleging that women in ICE detention were given hysterectomies without consent or necessity.

This is consistent with what I saw when I volunteered at a clinic that cared for immigrants who had been in CBP custody


The clinic in Laredo sprang up in 2019 to care for immigrants who came out of border detention facilities run by CBP and who were left stranded without money, food, or shelter. Local advocates worked to get these immigrants brought to their new clinic and shelter.

Volunteers provided resources and doctors rotated through to provide medical care. What we saw was jaw dropping.

Immigrants including children who had had their prescriptions confiscated and never returned.

New prescriptions for Spanish-only speakers labeled in English.

Pregnant women mistakenly given improper medication.

A complete lack of explanation of diagnoses and treatment options.

Just to name a few.

ICE and CBP are separate agencies.

But activist doctors such as @Doc4CampClosure have seen a similar lack of regard across government agencies responsible for the health and well-being of detainees, and have worked to get these issues addressed.

These allegations against ICE are neither surprising nor isolated. Our government has consistently shown a complete lack of regard for the people they detain.



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1. Write your name, date of birth, and your emergency contact phone number on your arms in sharpie. If you are incoherent or incapacitated, medical personnel will need this info. Make sure your emergency contact knows you are going.
2. Take a one day supply of your medication with you in case you are arrested.
3. If you have a serious medical problem and cannot be without your medication for a day, don’t go.
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“Some of you may find it easy to look at the events of today and think they are all the same thing.

They are not.
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Have you ever intubated a patient?

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Maybe you should listen to those of us who have.

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