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Pregnant Immigrants Say They’ve Been Denied Medical Care in Detention Centers
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Pregnant Immigrants Say They’ve Been Denied Medical Care in Detention Centers

Greg Kaufmann discusses the unjust treatment of pregnant immigrants in detention centers.

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    Greg Kaufmann

According to Jennye Pagoada López, when she arrived on July 23 at the US-Mexico border, she was four months pregnant and bleeding. Seeking political asylum, Pagoada hoped to finally put an end to nearly 20 years of violence she and her family had suffered at the hands of the notorious gang Barrio 18—first in Honduras, then in El Salvador.

But instead of finding a new life in America, Pagoada was detained shortly after crossing the border and then sent to the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego. Six days later, Pagoada says, she suffered a miscarriage, after being denied proper medical care. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claims she was never pregnant while in their custody.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Nation. Click here to view the full article.

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 (Greg Kaufmann)

Greg Kaufmann

Senior Fellow