Medical misconduct class action filed against ICE doctor in GA
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More than 40 women are part of a class action lawsuit for medical misconduct against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) and against Dr. Mahendra Amin, a gynecologist charged with medical abuse and unwanted gynecological procedures at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC). .
In December 2020, a class action lawsuit against 14 women was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia alleging Dr. Mahendra Amin performed unnecessary and non-consensual procedures such as hysterectomies and birth control back to 2018. When the women spoke out against the medical abuse and abuse, ICDC officials threatened them and took them to solitary confinement and medical units. The file states that some women were physically assaulted for retaliation and further abused in various ways.
Currently, a total of over 40 women have shared testimonies of amine medical abuse and their experiences with the ICDC. The testimonials include detailed reports of inappropriate and painful investigations, inconsistent medical practices, and abuse by Amin and officials. Yanira Oldaker, the lead plaintiff in the case, stated that “her experience of receiving medical attention from Amin was painful, injurious, and bleeding,” as reported by Time Magazine. Oldaker was about to be deported when lawyers stopped the deportation. The 40+ women involved in the lawsuit are current and former detainees, some of whom were deported because of their involvement in the case.
The lawsuit alleges that staff at the Irwin County Detention Center had been aware of Amine’s medical abuse and ill-treatment since 2018. However, staff continued to send women for medical treatment despite being aware of the abuse. In September 2020, Ms. Dawn Wooten, a nurse at ICDC, filed a whistleblower complaint discussing improper informed consent for procedural and unnecessary medical procedures. As a result of the complaint, several cases were filed for individual women and an investigation revealed a pattern of inconsistent proceedings at the ICDC.
The file also states that from 2013 to 2015, Amin was previously investigated by the Justice Department for performing unnecessary medical treatments and procedures. The previous lawsuit against Amin was settled with no sanctions against Amin, and the Georgia Medical Board says Amin has a good reputation, according to the Associated Press.
The sizeable filing calls for protection from retaliation, damages, an end to the deportation of women involved in this class action lawsuit for medical misconduct, and judicial letters to allow women full participation or other release from the ICDC. In addition, the women’s representatives have applied for a temporary injunction. By January 2021, dozens of women implicated in the case had been released from the ICDC pending final deportation orders.
The organizations and firms representing the women include: Dreyer Sterling LLC, the National Lawyers Guild’s National Immigration Project (NIPNLG), Project South, the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School, the Community Health Law Partnership Clinic and the First Amendment Clinic at the University of Georgia School of Law, the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program at Harvard Law School, the Immigrants ‘Rights Clinic at the Texas A&M School of Law, the Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program from Boston University School of Law.