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Template Letter to the Editor (LTE) Regarding Medical Care in Detention

We encourage you to use our template to submit a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper. If you are working on a case and have examples of medical neglect in detention, please include those examples where indicated. Please only share case examples with the consent of your client, and do not include your client's name or any identifying details. For help finalizing and submitted your LTE, contact Tessa Wiseman (twiseman@aila.org).

This fall, a nurse at a for-profit detention facility in Irwin County, Georgia came forward with information that a doctor had subjected numerous detained women to hysterectomies without their consent. She also reported that the facility tore up requests for medical care, falsified temperatures, and required staff to work while symptomatic and awaiting COVID-19 test results.

These reports of medical abuse in immigration detention are all too familiar. As an Immigration Justice Campaign volunteer, I represent a detained individual in [enter detention facility name]. My client [insert pseudonymized example of medical neglect/lack of COVID precautions in detention].

And this is far from a localized issue. In May, the Immigration Justice Campaign filed a complaint against ICE for dire conditions within 11 facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am calling on Congress to immediately investigate these allegations. It’s time to urge ICE to exercise its discretion to release immigrants from detention and implement alternatives to detention.

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