NEW YORK - Dozens of New Yorkers gathered in Washington Square Park this afternoon to protest against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE.
It's the latest protest against the agency in light of a recent whistleblower complaint alleging that an alarming number of women at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, have received hysterectomies for unexplained reasons.
The complaint also alleges the facility has not followed proper precautions to protect detainees from COVID-19.
Protesters in the city earlier expressed why they came out.
"Well I love the energy here, it's always something positive going on, it's always peaceful and it's great seeing young people come together for a positive cause,” said one demonstrator.
“The issue hits close to home and when I hear about all the unwanted hysterectomies that they're performing on women, I see my mother in all of those women. And if that had happened to her, I simply wouldn't be here, so,” said another.
ICE has strongly denied the allegations, and says the matter is being investigated independently.