The National Women’s Law Center, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, and SisterLove, Inc., submitted an amicus brief in support of the Petitioners/Plaintiffs in Oldaker v. Giles, 20-cv-224 (M.D. Ga). The lawsuit is about medical abuse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. More than 40 women filed sworn testimony alleging that they were subjected to non-consensual, medically unnecessary, and invasive gynecological procedures. And when the women publicly spoke up, the government responded through a pattern of retaliatory actions against the survivors and witnesses, such as solitary confinement, physical assault, withholding commissary, rationing water, cell restrictions, and, ultimately, deportations.
The Plaintiffs have filed a request for a temporary restraining order calling for an immediate end to retaliation against women for speaking out and writs from the court requiring ICE to make the women available to participate in the lawsuit. Our amicus brief brings a gender justice and reproductive justice framework to the case, highlighting the ways that the government has historically committed violence and sexual violence against women, in particular women of color and immigrant women, and how important it is to support survivors in speaking up against that violence.