Imagine that you are supposed to have a biopsy for prostate cancer, but
before you can,
immigration officials bust into your home and detain you. Now imagine that you are
sitting behind bars seven months later and still have yet to receive any
treatment for your condition. For Gerardo Perdomo, this hypothetical scenario
is a harsh reality.
Since he was detained, Perdomo’s pain in his testicles has gotten
worse. Both he and his attorney have repeatedly requested a biopsy, but
have not yet had the procedure done. In fact, Perdomo was taken to a hospital
to undergo the biopsy on July 10, but was told he needed to reschedule
the procedure because the jail did not give him the proper antibiotics.
This is because the Hudson County Correctional Facility gave him antibiotics
two weeks before his procedure. According to the hospital, the antibiotics
should have been given to him two days before the procedure.
This isn’t the first time that Hudson Correctional has come under
scrutiny for its poor medical care. In June, a 44-year-old immigrant from
El Salvador died while being held at the jail. He had not received medication
for his ailments for several months, resulting in internal bleeding that
eventually led to his death. Two members of the jail's medical staff
have since been dismissed.
Immigration advocates have seen an uptick in the number of calls they receive
from detainees who are not getting adequate medical care. These complaints
vary from people who need their migraines checked to claims of full blown
infections going untreated by jail staff. As Rosa Santana, volunteer coordinator
for First Friends of New Jersey and New York, says, “They are getting
a lot of money, so these people shouldn’t be treated the way they
are being treated and not given the correct medical care…What we
are fighting for is for them to have the care that they need. Not meeting
those needs is a human rights violation.”
Hopefully changes in how immigrant detainees are treated will be enacted
as more and more of these incidents come to light.
Do you have more questions about immigration or detainees who are medically
neglected? Contact our team of New York immigration lawyers
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