HOUSTON-The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who claim to have been abused by Georgian gynecologists in immigration detention centers.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service has deported six former patients who complained about Dr. Mahendra Amin, who were accused of performing operations or performing medically unnecessary procedures on immigrant women without their consent and potentially threatening their fertility. The lawyer said that at least seven people in the Osila Irvine County Detention Center in Georgia have filed charges against the doctors, and there is news that they will soon be deported to the country.
A few hours after a detained woman talked with federal investigators, she said that ICE told her that this had lifted her deportation, and she was facing an “imminent”
In the early hours of Monday morning, another woman was taken to an airport in rural Georgia and was told to sign the deportation document. She was not brought back to the facility until her lawyer sued in federal court.
They allege that Amin’s surgery caused or aggravated the pain, but they did not explain what he was doing or gave them other options. Their stories are more suitable for the detained women’s allegations against Amin, some of whom were found in interviews with lawyers and medical records reviewed by the Associated Press.
The Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation, and the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security is also investigating.
Amin’s lawyer, Scott Grubman, had previously denied that the doctor had done anything wrong and called him “a highly respected doctor who has devoted his adult life to treating rural Georgia High-risk, low-service people.” Amin has stopped seeing women at the Irwin County Detention Center.
Immigration advocates have urged federal investigators to check not only doctors, but also detention centers, and any role ICE has in sending patients to him.
Although deportees may still be able to serve as witnesses in criminal or civil cases, many end up in unstable countries or situations where it is difficult to maintain contact with them. After President Donald Trump was defeated by Democratic President Joe Biden, the deportation took place in the final weeks of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Columbia University law professor Elora Mukherjee (Elora Mukherjee) is working with several women. He said: “ICE is destroying the evidence needed for this investigation.”
ICE said it has notified the Inspector General of Homeland Security “information about plans to transfer or relocate Irvine detainees who were a patient of Dr. Amin.”
The agency said in a statement: “Any suggestion that ICE is trying to prevent an investigation by expelling interviewees is completely wrong.”
The Justice Department declined to comment. Grubman declined to say whether the doctor had spoken with investigators.
Mbeti Ndonga, 37, was sent to Amin last year after seeking treatment for abdominal pain and excessive vaginal bleeding. She said that she hopes to obtain a new prescription to continue receiving orders from the previous doctor. Instead, she said, Amin insisted that she has a procedure called dilation and curettage, in which tissue is removed from the uterus as a treatment for excessive bleeding. Her medical record indicated that she also underwent a laparoscopy, in which an incision was made in the abdomen.
Ndonga told the Associated Press: “He insisted that I have to undergo surgery.”
When she woke up, she said that Amin told her that she would never have a baby. do not know yet. She still suffers from bleeding and pain.
Ndonga spoke with government investigators twice, the most recent on Tuesday. She said: “I told them that I was abused, tortured, and inhumane.”
Ndonga and her lawyer said within hours of their first interview last week that she was told that ICE had lifted her deportation and that she could be sent to Kenya at any time.
Mukherjee said: “Mbetty was worried when answering the investigators’ questions that it would make her immigration case worse. Within a few hours of the interview, her worst fears were realized.”
In 2014, after another doctor performed a hysterectomy, another woman was taken to see Amin in February after requesting estrogen tablets to treat hot flashes. She asked to be identified only by her name, Yanira, because she was worried that if she was deported, she would become a target for criminals to go to Mexico.
Yanira said that Amin told her that he will have a vaginal ultrasound and need a Pap smear, which is a cancer test in which the doctor will remove a woman’s cervix. Collect the cells.
Both operations caused her severe pain. After the Pap smear, Yanira said she noticed that there was no lubrication on the tools Amin used. She sat in trouble for nearly a week.
“We are humans. We are women. We have feelings,” she said. “Just because we are detained does not mean that we should be treated like animals.”
ICE did not respond to questions about the two women, who were brought to the United States when they were young. Mukherjee said that Ndonga was previously arrested for interfering with government property, then deported, and then arrested by ICE after re-entering the country.
Criminal records show that Yanila was arrested for possessing less than one gram of cocaine or methamphetamine and then entered the immigration detention center. Her lawyer informed the government on Thursday that she wanted to talk to investigators about Amin. Earlier Monday, Yanira said that she was driven to the airport to board the plane. But another ICE agent stepped forward and said that she would not be deported because of her lawyer’s intervention.
Grubman declined to comment, citing federal privacy laws.
ICE policy instructs agents to “exercise all appropriate discretions on a case-by-case basis” to expel “crime victims, crime witnesses, and individuals pursuing legal civil rights complaints.”
The agency said this week that it is “adapting” to interviews conducted by government investigators. It added that once the detained immigrants have exhausted all appeals, “they are still subject to the final deportation order…the order must be executed.”