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Dec 12, 2013

Two Women Say They Lost Pregnancies In Immigrant Detention Since July

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cheap moncler jackets sale Pagoada, 32, was born in Honduras and had fled with her mother to El Salvador as a child after receiving death threats. She’d lived in El Salvador without documentation, but said she was forced to leave after gang members killed her brother and threatened to do the same to her and her family. She told the agent she feared being sent back. cheap moncler jackets sale

Agents escorted Pagoada to a room filled with other Central American and Mexican women, most of whom were travelling with children. At least one other woman was also pregnant, she said. She waited there through the night, sleeping on the floor.

Early the next morning, she started feeling pain in her stomach and the urge to go to the bathroom. When she did, she saw that her underwear was stained. “I started bleeding, but a lot,” she told HuffPost. Instead of sending her to a doctor or releasing her with a notice to appear in immigration court, which often happens with asylum seekers, agents then transferred her to the custody of Immigration and moncler sale outlet Customs Enforcement at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, cheap moncler coats outside San Diego. “They took my information, moncler outlet sale my fingerprints, photographs,” she told HuffPost. “And I told them, ‘I’m bleeding.’ And they kept telling me to keep waiting.”

She wasn’t able to see a doctor until three days later, and it wasn’t until another three cheap moncler days after that that another doctor monlcer down jackets informed her that she was no longer pregnant. “They cheap moncler outlet didn’t do anything,” Pagoada told HuffPost. “They didn’t even give me pills for the pain.”

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Despite this, the agency acknowledges detaining hundreds of pregnant women annually. Three of them miscarried in ICE custody so far this year, according to the agency the same number reported last year.

But two additional women told HuffPost they have also lost pregnancies since July, raising concerns among lawyers and immigrant rights groups that the Trump buy moncler jackets administration is detaining pregnant women in greater numbers, putting the health of women and the babies they’re carrying at moncler mens jackets risk in the process.

Both CBP and ICE deny that Pagoada miscarried in their custody. A spokesman for CBP acknowledged that she was detained at the border for 27 hours before she was transferred to the detention center, and that she received “routine and recurring welfare checks” during that time.

moncler outlet store “There is no evidence to indicate Ms. Pagoada requested medical attention or appeared to be in need of medical attention at any time during her temporary detention by CBP,” the agency said in a statement. “We sincerely regret Ms. Pagoada Lopez’s loss. custody and questioned whether she’d lost a pregnancy at all. moncler outlet store

cheap moncler jackets “The appropriate protocols were followed,” Mack wrote in an email to HuffPost. custody came back negative, according to Mack. “Because of her claims, however, Pagoada was subsequently seen by the facility’s medical staff and underwent two additional pregnancy tests, both of which were also negative.” cheap moncler jackets

cheap moncler outlet But Pagoada’s lawyer, Allegra Love, said the agency repeatedly disregarded her phone calls and emails asking to release her client or send her to a hospital because her health and pregnancy were in danger. In one email to ICE, Love wrote that her client “reports ongoing vaginal bleeding, headaches Moncler Outlet , stomach pains and lower back pain.” Noting that her client had hit her head in a car crash a couple of weeks before, Love wrote that “these symptoms indicate a high risk pregnancy and I am concerned that the stress of the accident combined with extreme conditions of detention may result in a miscarriage.” cheap moncler outlet

moncler outlet online Pagoada remains in custody at Otay Mesa, though she recently passed what is known as cheap moncler sale a “credible fear” interview, the first step toward making an asylum claim, and could be released, pending a court date. moncler outlet online

moncler outlet sale “I could not be more furious about this,” Love told HuffPost. “I’m kind of used to being ignored by the government, but not when it comes to the health of a young woman and the baby she’s carrying.” moncler outlet sale

Hundreds of pregnant women detained annually

Last year’s memo restricting the detention of pregnant women which makes exceptions for those who present a national security threat or those who are subjected to mandatory detention elaborated on a 2011 directive that also said pregnant women should generally be freed from immigrant detention.

While it was the Obama administration that implemented those restrictions, then ICE executive associate director Thomas Homan signed the 2016 memo and Homan has since become the director of the agency cheap moncler jackets under President Donald Trump.

Over the last fiscal year which began on Oct. 1, 2016, during Obama’s presidency, and ends this month ICE detained nearly 68,000 women, including 525 who were pregnant. ICE would only provide data going back to February 2016, when the agency said it changed its methodology for compiling statistics on pregnant detainees. That data includes eight months of the 2016 fiscal year, from February 2016 through moncler outlet Sept. 30, 2016. During that time, the agency detained 58,000 women, including 353 who were pregnant.

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For its part, ICE says it “is committed to ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of all those in our care,” according to spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea in an email to HuffPost. “In addition to pregnancy screenings at intake, ICE detention facilities provide onsite prenatal care and education, as well as remote access to specialists for pregnant women who remain in custody.”

moncler jackets outlet But advocates and legal groups who work with detained women say they’ve noticed an alarming trend of more pregnant women getting detained, as the Trump administration ramps up immigration arrests more generally. moncler jackets outlet

Seven immigrant rights and legal groups including RAICES, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Women’s Refugee Commission filed a complaint Tuesday with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, asking them to investigate whether the agency was violating its own policy on detaining pregnant women.

moncler outlet “We are gravely concerned with the agency’s failure to abide by its own policy against detaining pregnant women, the detention conditions that have been reported by pregnant women in various detention facilities across the country , and the lack of quality medical care provided to women who are pregnant or have suffered miscarriages while in custody,” the complaint reads. moncler outlet

moncler factory outlet “It’s incredibly disturbing to keep hearing these stories,” Katharina Obser, a senior program officer at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told HuffPost.”Detention is traumatizing regardless. But particularly for women who are pregnant, there’s an additional issue that their health and the health of their children are at risk There’s a concern that these kinds of stories will continue unless ICE follows its own guidelines.” moncler factory outlet.

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