DHS Must End Abuses in Immigrant Detention Centers, Congress Needs to Pass FIRST Act

September 15, 2020
Contact: Janessa Sambola-Harris, [email protected]

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the alleged forced hysterectomies against immigrant detainees held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities:

“The whistleblower allegations of nonconsensual medical care in immigrant detention facilities in Georgia are abhorrent. ICE must immediately end the forced sterilization of all detainees. Congress must investigate these appalling allegations and immediately pass the Federal Immigrant Release for Safety and Security Together (FIRST) Act to ensure the safety and dignity of immigrants detained in federal custody.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.