03.24.21: Medical Neglect, Unsafe Conditions and Mass Hysterectomies: Blowing the Whistle on an ICE Detention Center with Dawn Wooten

Nurse Dawn Wooten has been practicing medicine for over 10 years, the last 3 of them 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 September 8, 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. Wooten will tell her story.
Sponsored by the Lecture Committee, Davis Center, WGSS, Africana Studies, and Public Health