Collins, Scott Question Credibility of Irwin Co. Detention Center Whistleblower Claims

Sep 25, 2020
Press Release

Shed Light on Project South’s Radical, Abolish ICE Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) sent a letter urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to consider the recently reported facts disputing Dawn Wooten and Project South’s allegations regarding the treatment of detainees at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia.

"Project South’s complaint, which relied on several unsubstantiated, secondhand accounts and Ms. Wooten’s own view of operations at the Center, was quickly refuted by individuals at both the Irwin County Hospital and Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) who have made clear that the group’s claim of mass hysterectomies is unsupported by hospital and ICE records,” they wrote. “Despite these facts, Democrat Members of Congress and the media have seized on Ms. Wooten’s claim that the doctor in question is a ‘uterus collector’ who takes ‘all their uteruses out or he’s taken their tubes out’, leading congressional leaders to accept Project South’s claims as fact, despite the increasing evidence demonstrating Ms. Wooten’s claims are, at best, exaggerated and, at worst, completely fabricated." 

Collins and Scott also requested the DHS OIG consider the radical agenda of Project South, the non-profit at the center of Wooten’s claims.

"Given the fact that Project South openly characterizes the U.S. government’s immigration laws as ‘draconian’ and ‘racist’, it is safe to assume this organization has a vested interest in furthering Ms. Wooten’s allegations in an effort to shut down the facility,” they continued. “In fact, Project South boasts a goal of ‘shutting down immigration centers’, including their effort starting in 2017 to ‘reiterate the demand for both’ the Stewart Detention Center and the Irwin County Detention Center – what they believe to be ‘two of the worst immigration detention centers in the country’ – be shut down. Project South’s website also boasts their ‘free legal representation’ of immigrants under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Forces and their ‘abolish ICE’ agenda. Given their mission, it is abundantly clear that Project South’s number one objective is to bring attention to any claims – despite the fact that such claims may be fabricated – that may further their radical, anti-law enforcement agenda."

Click here to read the full letter.