US authorities will close two migrant detention centers after the allegations amid an investigation into the mistreatment of migrants, said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
“We will not tolerate inappropriate treatment or inappropriate standard of detention for persons detained under civil immigration procedures,” Mayorkas said in a statement.
The federal government’s contracts with private owners to operate detention centers in Massachusetts and Georgia will be terminated.
In particular, the prison in Massachusetts was accused by human rights activists of inhumane conditions of detention of migrants, and the prison in Georgia of carrying out medical procedures against the will of detainees, including such irreversible ones as the removal of the uterus from women.
Federal authorities are investigating the allegations.