Mexico has formally requested a report from United States authorities regarding alleged negligent practices in US immigration detention centers, citing accusations of sexual abuse and unauthorised hysterectomies.
The request come after a complaint by a whistleblower nurse alleging that detainees in a Georgia immigration detention facility had improperly received hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures.
The complaint did not specify the nationality of the affected detainees.
In a separate case, the Mexican ministry said its consulate in El Paso, Texas was in contact with a Mexican woman and her lawyer after an allegation of sexual abuse by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
It did not give more details.
In August, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune reported allegations of a guard sexually abusing detainees including a Mexican woman at an El Paso immigration detention center.
ICE at the time said the accusations would be investigated.
The ministry said both consulates were seeking clarity from US authorities and trying to identify any affected Mexicans.
It said Mexico had activated consular protection mechanisms and that consular personnel had increased attention at the detention centers to ensure rights were respected, the ministry said.
"The government of Mexico will promptly follow up through its various diplomatic and legal instruments to fully understand what happened," the ministry said in a statement.
ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The nurse's allegations of improper medical procedures on detainees at the Irwin County Detention Center were filed on Monday to the US Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General by advocacy groups Project South and the Government Accountability Project.
Reuters interviewed the whistleblower, Dawn Wooten, but could not independently confirm the claims of improper hysterectomies, or surgery to remove the uterus.
ICE has denied the allegations.
Earlier this week US immigration officials said a federal watchdog would investigate Ms Wooten's complaints.
The allegations caused an outcry among Democratic politicians, including US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.
Dr Ada Rivera, the medical director of the ICE Health Service Corps, said in a statement that since 2018, only two individuals at the Irwin center were referred for hysterectomies based on recommendations by specialists that "were reviewed by the facility clinical authority and approved."
LaSalle Corrections, the private contractor that runs the facility, said in a statement that it "strongly refutes these allegations and any implications of misconduct" at the Irwin center.
Ms Wooten told Reuters on Monday that women who complained of heavy periods or asked for birth control would be sent to outside gynecologists and sometimes receive hysterectomies but that many did not fully understand what medical procedures were being ordered.
"A lot of them said that they didn't understand what was being done to them. Nobody explained it to them," she said.