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A 2019 force-feeding of an Indian asylum-seeker at an El Paso ICE facility was caught on tape

The footage, obtained by The Intercept, lifts the veil of secrecy on a practice condemned by medical ethicists.

by José Olivares and Travis Mannon, The Intercept
Ajay Kumar stands on a balcony in California on June 1, 2022. Kumar, an Indian asylum seeker, was force fed in 2019 while on hunger strike in the El Paso Service Processing Center in Texas. A video of his force-feeding in 2019 was obtained by The Intercept.

“You will be force-fed”

A force-feeding hub

A legal fight

A screenshot from footage obtained from ICE shows Ajay Kumar after two failed attempts by medical staff to insert a nasogastric tube at the El Paso Service Processing Center on Aug. 14, 2019.

A painful process

Ajay Kumar in his apartment in California on June 1, 2022.

45 pounds lost

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