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ICE whistleblower: Nurse alleges 'hysterectomies on immigrant women in US'

Whistleblower NurseAdvocacy groups have filed a complaint against a migrant detention centre in the US, alleging medical neglect and a lack of virus safety measures.

The complaint condemns the practices and conditions at the private Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia.

It is based on the allegations of a whistleblower, a nurse identified as Dawn Wooten.

She worked at the centre, which houses immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

As part of her complaint, filed on Monday, Ms Wooten expressed concerns about the high number of hysterectomies performed on Spanish-speaking women at the centre.

The nurse said detained women told her they did not fully understand why they had to get a hysterectomy - an operation involving the removal of all or part of the uterus.


Trump can't exclude undocumented immigrants from census, judges rule

Trump can't exclude undocumented immigrants from census

The Trump administration was blocked on Thursday from excluding undocumented immigrants from the census totals used to determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.

Donald Trump acted unlawfully in July when he ordered the commerce department to produce data that would allow him to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count, a panel of three judges said. Federal law is clear that only a single data source – the census count of total population – can be used to apportion the 435 seats in the US House among states, the judges wrote. The decennial census does not ask about citizenship status and by requesting a second set of data outside of the decennial census, Trump ran afoul of the law.


U.S. blacklists ICC prosecutor over Afghanistan war crimes probe

US blacklists ICC prosecutorThe United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, over her investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan.

Pompeo also said Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of the ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division, had also been blacklisted under sanctions authorized by President Donald Trump in June that allow for asset freezes and travel bans.

“Today we take the next step, because the ICC continues to target Americans, sadly,” Pompeo told reporters.

TVNL Comment:  It is the responsibility to the ICC to investigate war crimes. Punishing prosecutors for doing their job is a crime in itself.


Court rules 'resoundingly yes' for transgender rights in Gavin Grimm bathroom access battle

Court rules in favor of trans bathroom rights

A federal appeals court dealt a major victory Wednesday for proponents of transgender rights, ruling that it is unconstitutional and a violation of Title IX for schools to bar students from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Gavin Grimm, the transgender man who sued his Virginia high school for barring him from using the boys restroom. The long-running legal fight has become a flashpoint in the battle over LGBTQ rights in education.

The appeals court previously backed Grimm in 2016. The Supreme Court was set to hear the case in 2017 but sent it back to the lower courts after the Trump administration, during President Donald Trump's first months in office, revoked Obama-era guidance on the rights of transgender students.


In photos: 100 years of women fighting for equality

Nineteenth amendment

This year marks a century since American women were granted the right to vote under the 19th Amendment, which was ratified and formally adopted in August 1920. Since then, women have broken barriers, smashed glass ceilings and paved a path of equality for future generations to follow.

Here's a look at some moments, both big and small, that helped advance women's equality over the past 100 years.


Georgia State Trooper Charged With Murder for Shooting Driver Who Had Busted Taillight

Georgia police officer kills unarmed driver with faulty tail lightThe Georgia Bureau of Investigation has charged 27-year-old Jacob Gordon Thompson, a former state trooper, with murder after he fatally shot 60-year-old Black man Julian Lewis last week.

The former trooper is now also under a federal civil rights investigation after multiple reports that he racially profiled and harassed Black and brown people while on highway patrol duty. Authorities say the fatal shooting took place after Thompson stopped Lewis for a broken taillight

. After a brief car chase, the trooper initiated a maneuver to intercept the car and it stopped in a ditch. The trooper fired one round, fatally striking Lewis.


Final crossing in Selma: Procession across Edmund Pettus Bridge honors John Lewis

John lewisThe Edmund Pettus Bridge, which crosses the Alabama River in Selma, bears the weight of seminal moments in the civil rights movement. The weight of seminal moments with seminal figures.

John Lewis, who walked the bridge with about 600 other voting rights advocates on March 7, 1965, was among those who helped make that demonstration a pivotal one in the fight for African-American suffrage.

On that day, police infamously beat demonstrators bloody – earning the day the moniker "Bloody Sunday." Lewis suffered a fractured skull.


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