Whistleblower exposes: ICE abuses detainees

first_imgEDITOR’S NOTES:As we go to press, a Sept. 21 press release from Georgia Detention Watch announced that Cipriano Chavez-Alvarez, 61, is the third detainee at the Stewart Detention Center located in Lumpkin, Georgia to die of COVID-19.Press conference on ICE abuse, Ocilla, Ga., Sept. 15. Whistleblower Dawn Wooten on left.Sept. 20 — In the days since whistleblower Dawn Wooten detailed serious charges against the LaSalle Corrections-owned and operated detention center in Ocilla, Ga., there has been an explosion of media exposés, Congressional action and grassroots activism.Wooten, a Black nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center, listed a number of medical neglect issues, particularly a lack of COVID-19 precautions, and an abnormal number of hysterectomies and other procedures performed by an outside doctor on women detainees. She said her outspoken attempts to rectify the conditions caused her to be demoted to an “on call” status, creating a financial hardship for the mother of five children. Nevertheless, she stated emphatically that she had no regrets for “doing the right thing.”A Sept. 15 press conference, hosted by Georgia Detention Watch (GDW) in front of the Atlanta ICE Field Office, came a day after the filing of a 27-page federal complaint with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General. Every major news media in the U.S. and many around the world reported on the unsettling allegations made by the veteran nurse. GDW, national immigrant rights groups and women’s health and reproductive rights organizations quickly consulted with each other to formulate plans to mobilize public opinion to close Irwin down. Their petition is available attinyurl.com/y4gn6bmm.In response to the misogynist, dismissive response by ICE to the charges, GDW held  a “Believe Women” rally at the Field Office on Sept. 18. On Sept. 19, Somos South Georgia organized a protest in front of the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, a small town about 200 miles south of Atlanta. Marchers with banners, signs, flags and drums led the way with dozens of decorated cars and trucks filled with defenders of immigrants rights following. The sound of honking horns reached the ears of the detainees throughout the facility.More injustice comes to lightMore information has emerged about the medical malpractice with at least 17 women now identified as having had unwanted, life-altering procedures.The case of Pauline Binan illustrates the unconscionable power of ICE to deprive immigrants of justice. Pauline, now 30, came to the U.S. from Cameroon as a two-year-old child. She lived in Baltimore with her now 11-year-old daughter and other relatives. ICE took her into custody in 2017. Despite the efforts of her family to get her released, after two years Binan was still in detention and suffering from irregular periods and vaginal bleeding. She was taken to the office of Dr. Mahendra Amin in Ocilla, who has a contract with LaSalle Corrections to provide gynecological care to detainees. She was diagnosed with a cyst, as were many other women detainees according to the federal complaint.In Binan’s case, she was told she would have a D&C procedure to remove the cyst. However, what happened instead was that a fallopian tube was removed, rendering her unable to conceive naturally. She insists she did not consent to such a drastic procedure. Moreover, she says she was given no pain pills or medical supplies to change her dressing back at Irwin! Despite having an appeal of her deportation before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, ICE transferred Binan to a Texas facility. On Sept. 16, two days after the federal complaint was filed and one day after the press conference — where Dawn Wooten explained that the women at Irwin called Dr. Amin “the uterus collector” — Binan was put on a commercial flight to Cameroon.Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington intervened and forced ICE agents to take her off the plane, moments before the doors were closed. Her lawyer called this precipitous action an attempt to remove a potential witness. On Sep. 19. Pauline was finally released from detention and is home in Baltimore to await the disposition of her appeal. This is a significant victory.There is a call for Congressional hearings to investigate all the charges. This would be an opportunity for immigrant detainees and Dawn Wooten to tell their stories before a national audience.Heroic whistleblower Dawn Wooten and the brave detainees at Irwin County Detention Center have supplied the movement with new ammunition to bring down the for-profit prison corporations and repressive government agencies like ICE. The writer is founder of Georgia Detention Watch and a steering committee member representing the International Action Center. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Three-day Florida Cup tournament bowls off today … Five teams to represent Guyana

first_imgBy Rajiv Bisnauth, in FloridaAFTER months of intense preparations, the 2017 edition of the Florida Cup Softball tournament bowls off today with ten preliminary games at the Brian Piccolo Park, Cooper City, Florida.The highly-anticipated three-day tournament has attracted a total of 14 teams, who will compete in the All-Stars and Masters categories.Six high-quality and competitive teams will compete in the All-Stars Division, while eight well-oiled units, comprising players over age 45, will do battle in the Masters segment.According to a schedule released by the South Florida Softball Cricket League (SFSCL), 27 matches will be played during the three days. Fourteen games will be played today, 11 on Saturday, including the four semi-finals.The finals for both categories will take place on Sunday at the Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida.According to the schedule, Guyana will be represented by five teams; Regal All-Stars and Masters, Floodlights Open and Legends, along with Demerara Speedboat.Floodlights Legends are the defending champions in that category, but they will be hard-pressed to retain that title, since from all indications, the tournament has attracted the best softball players from Guyana and North America.While Chronicle Sport was unable to make contact with connections of the Floodlights Legends team, it was reported in the Guyana Times newspaper that president of the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) Ramchand Ragbeer has expressed strong optimism that both the Open and Legends teams will exceed their expectations during the tournament.On the other hand, Guyana’s top softball teams, the Regal All-Stars and Masters, are equally confident of clinching both titles.Both the Regal teams are the defending champions in the New York Softball Cricket League Independence and Legends Cup, played last July.Speaking with Chronicle Sport after yesterday’s training, player/manager of the Regal Masters team, former Guyana and West Indies off-spinner Clyde Butts, highlighted that both teams are fit and ready for the challenge ahead.“We have a very confident bunch of players, and we are confident of winning both titles,” Butts said.The Florida Cup, now in its 14th year, has developed as one of the most popular tournaments in the USA. It has created an opportunity for cricketers from any and all Softball leagues to participate in a world-class tournament, which has been held in the beautiful Sunrise State of Florida since its inception.The tournament, which has grown significantly over the years, is being held as part of Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary.last_img read more

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Eagles Test-run with Poland Clash

first_imgThis is the first official match between Nigeria and Poland at the senior level. It is also the first Grade ‘A’ game for Eagles as they begin final preparations for the battle in Russia in summer.Without any doubt, Poland has FIFA World Cup pedigree, having come third twice – in 1974 and 1982. The present generation led by inspirational Captain, Robert Lewandowski, has all the qualities of past Polish great teams. Their performance in Group E of the European World Cup qualifiers- five points ahead of second-placed Denmark and scoring 28 goals in six matches- stands Poland out as a good test for the Super Eagles.The Bayern Munich star striker who has scored 51 goals for his country – an all-time goals record for Poland, may prove too efficient if Eagles backline fail in the task of keeping him and fellow Polish forwards in check.From the Rear, Rohr have the rare chance to throw his preferred choice for Eagles’ Number 1 jersey, youngster Francis Uzoho into the battle for baptism. In the absence of substantive first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, who is down with leukemia, the gamble with Ikechukwu Ezenwa paid off during the African qualifiers but the World Cup appears a bigger stage. Daniel Akpeyi who was expected to step up to claim the shirt after Ikeme was diagnosed with the ailment has fallen short of every test placed before him. His woeful performance during the first game of the AFCON 2019 qualifier against South Africa in Uyo was a minus for him.It is a popular dictum that you don’t change a winning team but with the World Cup, it is a different kettle of fish. The warm up matches are veritable ground for coaches to try out different options and an experienced gaffer like Rohr will not fail to take the chance.In the left back position, it is an opportunity to try out new boy, Brian Idowu, to see how he can effectively fit into the back four that has right back Shehu Abdullahi as well as central defenders Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong.In the middle where the problem of the team has remained largely unresolved since Austin Jay Jay Okocha retired, the game in Wroclaw will no doubt show the amount of work done so far for the cohesion of that depart of the senior national team. Defensive midfielders should be the pair of Wilfred Ndidi and stand-in captain Ogenyi Onazi. Up field, Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi are expected to get starting shirts to run the wings.In Rohr’s preferred 4-3-2-1 formation, improved Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to play behind Odion Ighalo in the attack. And if it proves ineffective, the Franco-German coach has promised to try out other formations. The score-line however remains unimportant as Poland rated 6th in FIFA rankings is miles ahead of Nigeria in 52nd spot.Eagles likely starting XI – 4-2-3-1: Francis Uzoho – Brian Idowu, Leon Balogun, William Troost, Shehu Abdullahi – Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi (skipper) – Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho – Odion IghaloINTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES(Today)Poland v Nigeria (8.45pm)Argentina v Italy (8.45pm)Germany v Spain (8.45pm)Holland v England (8.45pm)Turkey v Rep. of Ireland (8.30pm)Japan v Mali (1.20 am)Russia v Brazil (5.00 pm)Bulgaria v Bos-Herze (6.00pm)Portugal v Egypt (8.45pm)France v Colombia (9.00pm)Greece v Switzerland (7.00pm)Serbia v Morocco (8. 30pm)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLYDuro IkhazuagbeWith 83 days to the start of the World Cup 2018 in Russia, Nigerians will have a feel of what to expect from Gernot Rohr and his wards at the Mundial this night when stand-in Captain, Ogenyi Onazi leads glory seeking Super Eagles in an international friendly with Poland at the 42-000 capacity Stadion Wroclaw.last_img read more

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