Nearly 30 Women Have Miscarried While Detained by ICE – The Cut

Detention facility.
An ICE detention facility.
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Just days after reports circulated that a 24-year-old Honduran woman delivered a stillborn baby after going into premature labor while she was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency admitted that she was not the only woman to go through such an experience in government custody. According to documents released by the agency, as many as 28 women have had miscarriages while in ICE detention between the fiscal years of 2017 and 2018, as reported by the Arizona Republic.

This is a marked increase: The number of immigrant women who have miscarried in ICE detention has nearly doubled under Trump, according to a report from the Daily Beast. The number of pregnant women in custody has also increased, the result of a widely criticized Trump-era policy that ended the practice of exempting them from being held in detention centers. Between October 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018, according to ICE’s records, 1,655 pregnant women were detained by the agency. (Between 2012 and 2014, by comparison, ICE reported that there were 559 pregnant women detained in their facilities.)