Detainee Says Conditions Haven't Changed At ICE Facility Despite Outrage - 2020-10-07
Just weeks after massive public outcry over accusations of poor medical care and unwanted gynecological procedures at a Georgia immigration detention facility, women detainees said little has changed and they're facing retaliation for speaking out.
Early Saturday, Yenifer Moya-Lopez, an immigrant detained at Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Irwin County Detention Center, started to have trouble breathing. It wasn't the first time this had happened: For months since being sent to the facility in Ocilla, Georgia, in late June, Moya-Lopez has been filing medical requests to have her breathing issues assessed. The 25-year-old from the Dominican Republic had previously been diagnosed with asthma and told she needed an albuterol inhaler, but didn't receive it.
Moya-Lopez, who started to also get a headache and struggled to get enough air, asked one of the women to hold some VapoRub under her nose to see if it would help her breathe. But she kept getting worse and the women detained with her called for medical aid. A nurse arrived about 15 minutes later and told Moya-Lopez she was having a panic attack. Moya-Lopez insisted she wasn't and could barely breathe. On the way to the infirmary, Moya-Lopez said she fainted and woke up hooked up to an oxygen mask.