8:09:52 AM PDT - Monday, September 28th, 2020

U.S. watchdog to investigate whistleblower's detention allegations  

By Editor - Tue Sep 15, 5:52 pm

U.S. immigration officials said on Tuesday a federal watchdog would investigate complaints made by a whistleblower nurse in a Georgia immigration detention facility who alleged detainees had improperly received hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures. The allegations were made by Dawn Wooten, a former nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), in a complaint filed to the watchdog, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, on Monday by advocacy groups Project South and the Government Accountability Project. Reuters interviewed Wooten but could not independently confirm the claims of improper hysterectomies, or surgery to remove the uterus.

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U.S. watchdog to investigate whistleblower's detention allegations

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