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19 women allege medical abuse while in Georgia immigration detention center

By Molly O'Toole, Los Angeles Times on

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The surgeries he'd done on her — a cystectomy and "dilation and curettage," a procedure to scrape tissue from inside her uterus — were without her consent, according to Amanda. Her medical records show the procedures were done, but do not include a signed consent.

Danielle Bennett, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency overseeing immigration detention referred the Times to the Homeland Security inspector general.

"Out of deference to the ongoing OIG investigation, ICE is not providing any new comment or making public any additional data regarding this matter," Bennett said.

The Inspector General's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Scott Grubman, Amin's lawyer, said in an emailed statement to the Times that he is "legally prohibited from responding to anything related to medical care on a specific patient without that patient signing a HIPAA release allowing him to do so."

"Dr. Amin strongly denies all of the allegations many of which have already been proven false," Grubman continued. "We have gathered evidence and spoken with various witnesses ... who confirm that Dr. Amin always acted appropriately with patients, obtained informed consent, and used translators/interpreters whenever necessary."

 

"Dr. Amin is a highly respected physician who has dedicated his adult life to treating a high-risk, underserved population in rural Georgia. Dr. Amin is fully cooperating with investigators and looks forward to the investigations clearing his good name and reputation."

Scott Sutterfield, a spokesman for LaSalle Corrections, the private, for-profit prison company that contracts with ICE and operates Irwin, said in an emailed statement that "Company policy prohibits comment during pending investigations" but went on to say LaSalle is "fully cooperating" with the investigation.

"We are confident the facts will demonstrate the very malicious intent of others to advance a purely political agenda," Sutterfield continued. "It is well established that LaSalle Corrections provides high quality medical services in safe, secure, and humane residential environments, and our company strongly refutes allegations to the contrary."

In September, Kenneth Cuccinelli, the acting deputy of Homeland Security, said in an interview that an initial DHS review found the allegations of medical malpractice were not substantiated by any documentation, but that the department would conduct a broader audit.

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