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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 23, 2021—Longtime medical practitioner Dawn Wooten will speak about her experiences with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in a talk titled, “Medical Neglect, Unsafe Conditions and Mass Hysterectomies: Blowing the Whistle on an ICE Camp.” The talk, open to the public, is sponsored by the Williams College Lecture Committee; Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Africana Studies; the Davis Center; the W. Ford Schumann Class of ’50 Program in Democratic Studies, and Public Health. The event is Wednesday, March 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. via Zoom using the following link:
For the last three years, Wooten, a nurse, has been practicing medicine at Irwin County detention center in Georgia, run by private corporation LaSalle Corrections. Wooten charges that the center knowingly placed staff and detainees at risk of contracting coronavirus, neglected medical complaints, and refused to test symptomatic detainees, among other dangerous practices. On Sept. 8, 2020, Wooten submitted a letter detailing her complaints to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, with the help of attorneys from the Government Accountability Project. As a result, she was demoted and has faced death threats to herself and her family.