SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
ISSUE: Forced Sterilization of Immigrant Women in Detention
It has been widely reported in the press that women detained at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia have allegedly been sterilized without their consent. The organizations Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network filed the complaint on behalf of immigrants detained inside of ICDC, which is operated by private prison company LaSalle Corrections. The organizations allege that five women were sterilized at the facility between October and December 2019.
ACTION: Call the Congressional switch board 202-224-3121 three times to contact your Congressional representative and two senators with this message:
As a person of faith/Sister of Charity/Seton Associate I demand that Congress open an investigation into reports of forced hysterectomies of immigrant women in ICE detention. If true, these actions are gross violations of human rights that I call on you to denounce.
Prayer: God of Abundant Life, God, Defender of the Poor, we raise our voices in anguished prayer for our sisters in immigration detention who suffer oppression and abuse. You hear their cries. Your passion is for justice. Give us the courage to be your voice on their behalf. We pray in the name of Jesus, blessed fruit of the womb of Mary. Amen.