For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Kristian Ramos, Kristianr@mifamiliavota.com
Hysterectomies and Medical neglect at ICE facility Are Deeply Disturbing Must Be Investigated
Washington D.C.- Reports of mass hysterectomies at an ICE detention center in Georgia have drawn parallels to America’s clouded history of forced sterilization targeting Black and Brown communities. Stop these constant abuses and put an end to the wanton cruelty perpetrated by ICE. In response to these tragic events Mi Familia Vota board member and our executive director released the following statements:
Dr. Gabriela Lemus, President of Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and the President of Mi Familia Vota Board: “What stands out is the level of absolute disregard for the human rights of these women. Such cruelty is misogyny with a scalpel. These women were deliberately sterilized, this is a move taken directly from the eugenics handbook. This is not a new policy, but one ended in the 1970s because it was shameful and promoted a prejudiced approach to science and social engineering. The danger of it now is how little regard it shows for the humanity of these women. This brings into question the policy’s implication for all women. If we are silent about it now, we will all suffer in the face of such indifference to human pain.”
“Forced sterilization by ICE of undocumented women is a continuation of the sexual assault happening in this institution that terrorizes our children and families,” said Hector Sanchez Barba, CEO and Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota. “It is time to say enough, stop these constant abuses, and put an end to ICE. We must say #BastaTrump”
Mi Familia Vota’s mission is to build Latino political power by expanding the electorate, strengthening local infrastructures, and through year-round voter engagement. We are also training the next generation of leaders by opening opportunities through our Youth Development Programs and through our Mi Familia Vota work.