Provide Medical Treatment to Detained Woman in Too Much Pain to Walk


Target: ICE Director Sarah R. Saldana

Goal: Provide sick detainee at the Berks Detention Center access to adequate medical services or release her.

A detainee who recently underwent gallbladder surgery is reportedly being denied adequate post-surgery medical treatment at the Berks Detention Center. The woman, an applicant for refugee status from El Salvador who has been detained along with her teenage daughters for over a year, collapsed after experiencing dizziness, vomiting, and headaches.

While she was rushed to hospital and received surgery, the very next day she was returned to detention. While walking is too painful for the woman, the detention center has reportedly failed to either provide a nurse or approve her medically prescribed diet. Eating the wrong foods after gallbladder surgery can result in severe gastrointestinal distress.

The federal government has a duty to provide medical care to the individuals it detains whether or not they are U.S. citizens. If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Berks Detention Center cannot promptly provide adequate health care to those in its custody, it should release detainees so they can seek medical attention. Sign our petition and demand that ICE detainees receive adequate medical treatment or be released.


Dear Director Saldana,

I was shocked to hear reports that a detainee at the Berks Detention Center who recently underwent gallbladder surgery has been denied adequate medical care. The detainee in question is an asylum seeker from El Salvador who has been detained for over a year along with her two daughters.

She is reportedly in a large amount of pain–pain that prevents her from moving around the facility–and receiving little to no medical aid, relying on her daughters for care. Her pain is most likely being exacerbated by the slow approval of her medically mandated diet as eating the wrong foods after gallbladder surgeries can result in gastrointestinal pain, bloating, and diarrhea.

I urge you to provide this woman adequate and prompt medical attention. If this is not possible within the confines of the Berks Detention Center, the detainee must be released.


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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    let her go now or she’ll have to go vegan plant based diet!

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