Forced Gynecological Procedures and Other Gendered Abuses in Detention

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When: 11/09/2020 @ 12:00PM-1:00PM Where: Zoom

In September 2020, nonconsensual sterilizations and abuses on immigrant women were reported by a whistleblower, Dawn Woolen, a long-time nurse in Irwin federal immigration detention center in Georgia. This panel discussion will give an overview of patterns of gendered violence practices taking place in (ICE) detention centers as well as shed light on how activist and advocacy groups are fighting to address the issue.

This discussion is sponsored by the Gender+ Justice Initiative, the Human Rights Institute and the Prisons and Justice Initiative.

Moderator: Denise Brennan, Professor and Chair of Anthropology


Alejandra Pablos , Repro Justice Organizer, Storyteller, #KeepAleFree – Deportation Defense Campaign

Azadeh Shahshahani , Legal and Advocacy Director, Project South

Silky Shah , Executive Director, Detention Watch Network 

Links you can consult ahead of discussion:

“They Wanted to Take My Womb Out”: Survivor of Medical Abuse in ICE Jail Deported After Speaking Out – Democracy Now!

Complaint we filed with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, on behalf of whistleblower Nurse Dawn Wooten – Sept. 14th, 2020

Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers – Report published by Project South (May 2017)