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16 Sep, 13 tweets, 6 min read
There's a lot of talk around the forced hysterectomies at Irwin County ICE Detention Center.

This is what we know:
➡️ There are 13 confirmed cases (# may grow)
➡️ We need to #ShutDownIrwin AND #EndDetention
➡️ To get to the root of the problem = #AbolishICE

But there's more 👇🏾
This isn't a one-time thing. The conditions for something like this to occur have been brewing in ICE detention centers for years.

Black immigrant women have been protesting this all along.
itsgoingdown.org/asylum-seekers…
The whistleblower? Also a Black woman.

Dawn Wooten was a nurse at the facility in Ocilla, Georgia where the hysterectomies took place.

Her bravery to speak up should be uplifted & now that her name is public, she should be protected. #ProtectBlackWomen
“We stand with all the survivors of these atrocities, with the Black and brown women in detention who have been protesting these conditions, and with Dawn Wooten for speaking out to demand that ICE be held accountable for its ongoing violations of human rights." - @ErikaAndiola
At RAICES, we join local orgs working w/survivors in their call to #ShutDownIrwin & demand that the Office of Inspector General conduct a detailed investigation.

@ICEgov needs to be held accountable for this & countless other human rights abuses against immigrants in detention.
There are dozens more detailed complaints of medical neglect in ICE detention centers across the country. We know through our own experience as direct legal services providers in Texas that medical neglect & abuse at ICE prisons is rampant.
“Even at Karnes, which ICE touts as one of the safest & most family-friendly of its prisons, the migrants we serve have reported years of what amounts to at best, a culture of indifference in the medical services at Karnes." - Andrea Meza, RAICES Family Detention Program Director
This is by no means the first time we hear of such medical negligence for those in ICE custody. We have seen and heard countless stories that mirror much of what was detailed in Dawn Wooten’s complaint.

Let's go back to 2019...
Back then, ICE detained adult women at Karnes & as you may recall, we were working w/many of them to expose the medical neglect.

But before we could coordinate a public campaign, ICE transferred all of the women to detention centers around the country.
These types of stories continued on throughout 2020 and have only worsened with #COVID19.

That's why we're encouraging more staff working in these facilities across the country to follow the lead & courage of Dawn Wooten & speak out about these abuses.
"We've met w/dozens of women who've reported reproductive health issues & don't receive care. We've tried to pressure ICE to provide care. It alarms me that at Irwin, what was provided was forced sterilization." - Andrea Meza, RAICES Family Detention Program Director
History shows this is not the 1st time that forced sterilization has been employed as a tool of white supremacy upon Black, indigenous, and other women of color in the U.S.

Today, this is done under our watch in immigration prisons across the country.
This is why we are calling for every single ICE detention center to be shut down and for ICE to be abolished. We ask the American public to not look away.

#DontLookAway & let's #FreeThemAll

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The @CBP is using your taxpayer dollars to create propaganda videos. They goal? Make you think that they are the "good guys" and that those Spanish speaking men in the video represent the immigrant community. The reality is far from this. Keep reading.
@CBP Border patrol is one of the biggest law enforcement agencies in the U.S. They are also one of the most corrupt and rogue. They are the people who have literally caged children in places that migrants call “perreras” (dog kennels) and have openly laughed about migrant deaths.
@CBP Do you remember this article? propublica.org/article/secret…. We do.

This is the same agency that was sent to Portland to pick up American citizens and put them in unmarked vans. Good guys? Come on.
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‼️ REMINDER: Families remain locked up by @ICEgov ‼️

Months into the pandemic, 91+ children remain detained in family detention centers. All while #COVID19 has infected more than 140 staff, detained parents & children at Dilley & Karnes.

It’s time to hold ICE accountable. 🧵👇🏾
In JUNE, Federal Judge Gee determined the family detention centers were (& continue to be) “on fire.”

ICE’s continued refusal to #FreeTheFamilies and insistence on bringing even more of them to the detention centers has only fanned the flames.
As legal service providers for detained families, @RAICESTEXAS, @aldea_pjc & #ProyectoDilley have consistently shared info about the realities of family detention with the court.
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🚨URGENT: Help us stop Nelly's deportation. Nelly is in detention in TX and can be deported on Tuesday. She qualifies for an initial #DACA application, but because @USCIS refuses to open up the process, regardless of the SCOTUS decision, @ICEgov is refusing to allow her to stay.
Nelly came to the US from El Salvador at age 8 in 1993 and has lived here ever since. She was accused of theft, but her charges were dismissed. Regardless, ICE refuses to release her and now are planning to deport her.
Nelly's health in detention is deteriorating. In her late teens through early 20s, Nelly underwent chemotherapy to treat tumors near her heart. She's in remission now but was having regular six-month checkups all the way until she was taken into ICE custody.
Read 7 tweets
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Every single aspect of the immigration system is nasty, but the U.S. makes it especially nasty if you’re Black.

Contrary to popular belief, immigration is a Black issue.

Take a look for yourself 👇🏾
Mind blown? 🤯 We encourage you to learn more by following groups on the ground focusing on the issues impacting Black immigrants.

A good place to start is by supporting and uplifting the following groups:
@BAJItweet, @UndocuBlack, @HaitianBridge, @AfricansUS
We’ve heard firsthand accounts, reviewed our internal data, spoken with legal experts, and brought together existing research to produce this comprehensive portrait of the issues facing Black immigrants and asylum seekers in the United States today.
Read 4 tweets
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#GoodNews 🎉 to brighten your day☀️

Ricardo*, who'd been detained with his son for 121 days at Karnes Family Detention Center were both finally released on Friday. Let this clip be a testament that ICE has the discretion to #FreeThemAll #SafeAndTogether
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He'd been going to his ICE check-ins and missed a court date he didn't know about so at his next check-in, he was arrested & taken to Karnes with his older son.
A few months ago we submitted a request for parole on behalf of the family which was subsequently denied.

In the reason for denial, ICE stated that they could not determine that neither Jose nor his son were flight risks despite their strong community ties.
Read 5 tweets
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🚨 After last week's court decision to release children from family detention centers w/o their parents, we need to remind folks there are real, irreparable effects to family separation.

That's why we're releasing a comprehensive new report, "The U.S. Gov't Kidnapped My Son."
At the height of Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy, RAICES worked w/families who were eventually reunited after suffering Family Separation 1.0 in the summer of 2018.

The report details the experiences of these families & their subsequent imprisonment at the Karnes facility.
One father described his first time speaking to his son on the phone after they were separated:

“The only thing he told me was ‘why did you leave me?’ Those were his first words when he heard me and it made me cry.”
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