The department said consular staff would try to ensure that migrants’ rights are respected in detention centers. He said he would monitor cases and provide consular assistance to all victims.
On Monday, a nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia claimed that staff performed questionable hysterectomies on migrant women detained there. A senior US immigration and customs medical official has “vehemently” contested this poorly substantiated claim.
Also this week, an immigrant woman who accused guards of sexually assaulting her at an El Paso, Texas detention center was deported.
The woman alleged that guards at the El Paso treatment center forcefully kissed her and targeted her in places where they could not be seen by security cameras. After the Texas Tribune and ProPublica first reported the allegations, the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General opened an investigation into her case and the allegations of at least two other people.