ICE tries to deport potential witness in Georgia doctor investigation

first_img“The women, like the girls that are speaking up, they’re getting deported, like they’re getting rid of them,” Adan continued to Vice News. “They’re getting rid of us.” A petition seeking to block her deportation has been launched by advocacy group Mijente. Click here to sign. Adan told Vice News that like others have described, she never gave the doctor consent, nor was she even told what procedure he was performing on her.“He was ‘overly aggressive,’ she said,” according to the report. “When asked whether this could have been a transvaginal ultrasound, Adan said it could, but to this day, she does not know precisely what he did.” She told Vice News that she “was shocked because, like, first of all, he didn’t explain to me what’s the procedure that he was doing to me. And he was rough on me. There was a couple of times where I said, ouch.” Johnson said during a House floor speech last month that he spoke with one detained woman “who felt pressured to agree to a gynecological surgical procedure that she was not convinced was necessary.” But when she refused, “the doctor ordered mental health evaluation. Being referred to mental health for not wanting a surgical procedure that wasn’t explained to her is completely unacceptable. Another woman told us she was subject to invasive procedures without consent and then was not given any follow-up appointments.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Campaign ActionVice News reports that four other witnesses or potential witnesses have also faced threats of deportation or have already been deported for trying to expose abuses that legislators called “a horror show” following an inspection of the facility in September. “Women at Irwin County detention described a disturbing pattern that many who visited a doctor for Gyno/OBGYN issues came back worse,” California Rep. Nanette Barragán tweeted at the time. – Advertisement – Adan said she was vocal in speaking out about what happened to her, writing to legislators and speaking to organizations, when she was told to get ready for what Vice News describes as imminent deportation to Mexico. That was blocked by Johnson’s office, though that may only be a temporary reprieve because “her lawyers still fear it could happen at any time,” the report continued. ICE’s retaliation is in fact common, and it intentionally forces abused immigrants into silence. Last month, officials attempted to deport two Black immigrants who said in a civil rights complaint that agents tortured them in order to coerce them into deportation. The asylum-seekers were pulled off the flight at the very last moment. But others haven’t been.“There has been a policy choice to allow the system that deports people without allowing them to testify or allowing government to investigate what happened to them,” Andrew Free, an immigration attorney helping in investigation efforts, told Vice News. “The consequence is that they essentially complete the obstruction of evidence.” He said people may be perfectly willing to bravely expose abuses, but then fear it will negatively impact their case and lead to separation from their family.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Re-trial of Calibishie man to commence on Wednesday

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Court gavel. Photo credit: kirktok.comThe re-trial of a Calibishie man who was found guilty of murdering Julien Junior Joseph of Vieille Case is set to commence on Wednesday when the May 2012 Criminal Assizes continues.Garvin George was found guilty by on November 23rd, 2011 and sentenced to serve a fourteen (14) year prison term on February 27th, 2012 by Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks.However his attorney Wayne Norde appealed the sentence which was upheld by the Court of Appeal Justices on May 3rd, 2012.The Appeal Court cited “misdirection” to the jury by the trial judge the reason for grating the appeal. Justice Davidson Baptiste highlighted a sentence which was stated by the trial judge during her address to the jury before they retired to the jury room, stating that “it was for the accused to prove that the killing was self-defense,” a direction which Baptiste described as “erroneous” and “should have been withdrawn”.Another Justice on the Appeal Court panel, Mario Michel also pointed another sentence which he believed should have not have been stated by the trial judge; “after you have considered self-defense and rejected it, then you must move on to the next charge”.The trial which would have commenced today was adjourned to Wednesday by Justice Brain Cottle as defence counsel Wayne Norde is ill, however a jury was impaneled and the trial will commence at 9am.Meanwhile three other matters which were scheduled for hearing today have been adjourned.Dean Davis who has been charged for the murder of Guyanese national Ashton Gibbons on July 9th, 2010 in Marigot will have to wait a few more weeks for his hearing.Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina requested an adjournment as defence counsel Wayne Norde who is Davis’ attorney.The DPP also requested an adjournment in the trial involving Lenson Merrifield who was charged with unlawful sexual connection, burglary and indecent assault. A date was not fixed for the trial however Justice Cottle informed the defendant that he will be notified of the date.Another defendant Kussy Evans who is on bail for causing grievous bodily harm may have his matter resolved without a trial.Pestaina told the Court that the teams needed a few more days in seeking to resolve the matter without a trial, therefore the adjournment was granted. Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Share 44 Views   no discussions LocalNews Re-trial of Calibishie man to commence on Wednesday by: – May 29, 2012last_img read more