Offbeat Pregnant detainees say they were denied adequate medical care

00:36  10 july  2018
00:36  10 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Instead, women in immigration detention are often denied adequate medical care , even when in dire need of it, are shackled around the stomach while being “All detainees , determined to be pregnant , are provided appropriate education, pre-natal care , and post-natal care ,” the statement said .

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A group of women who were in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) while pregnant have said they were denied adequate medical care.

Five women told Buzzfeed News in a report published on Monday that they were ignored by agents while miscarrying and described both agency's contracted jailers as unwilling to respond to medical emergencies.

According to the publication, each of the women's accounts have been backed by statements from legal aid workers, medical workers and advocates who previously worked with ICE detainees.

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Six days later, Pagoada says , she suffered a miscarriage, after being denied proper medical care . The complaint cites media reports that 292 pregnant women were detained by ICE in just the first four current circumstances; and there is little rest, since detainees are sharing rooms with so many

The congresswoman said pregnant detainees should not be forced “to live in a facility that lacks adequate medical care or can endanger their child “Several women in our complaint report that they were ignored and denied immediate medical care even in cases of extreme bleeding and pain.

Buzzfeed News also noted that each of the incidents detailed were not limited to a single detention center. The outlet reported that a handful of medical workers and legal aid sources said they witnessed instances in which pregnant women were denied adequate medical care at more than six detention facilities across California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

In one written testimony provided to the publication by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a pregnant woman said she was given clothing that was so tight, she suffered welts and a "pain in [her] uterus."

Another woman said she underwent repeated X-rays while pregnant despite the Federal Drug Administration's warnings against.

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Immigrant advocates also alleged that pregnant detainees have been complaining that they did not receive adequate medical care . " They denied it, and they didn't give a reason for denying it," Love said . Pagoada remains at Otay Mesa awaiting an interview with immigration officials to hear her

“At no time during detention will a detainee be denied emergent care .” But some detainees say their medical care was neither timely nor appropriate, and the independent medical experts who reviewed their records for the new report agreed.

One woman said she was left to bleed for about eight days after she was told there was no one available at the facility to tend to her.

"An official arrived and they said it was not a hospital and they weren't doctors. They wouldn't look after me," she told BuzzFeed News.

"I realized I was losing my son. It was his life that I was bleeding out. I was staining everything. I spent about eight days just lying down. I couldn't eat, I couldn't do anything. I started crying and crying and crying.

"My soul aches that there are many pregnant women coming who could lose their babies like I did and that they will do nothing to help them," she continued.

The woman was reportedly deported back to El Salvador.

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