EL PASO, Texas, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A hospital in El Paso has decided to review its policy on cooperating with law enforcement in body cavity searches.
University Medical Center is one of the defendants in a lawsuit brought by a woman who said she was subjected to an intrusive, humiliating and fruitless search for drugs in December 2012, the El Paso Times reported. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, is a 54-year-old New Mexico resident who was stopped at the border as she crossed a bridge between Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso.
The plaintiff says hospital staffers assisted Customs and Border Protection agents in the search.
The hospital's board of managers voted for the review Monday. Before the board went into closed session, Veronica Escobar, an El Paso County judge, reminded members the hospital and law enforcement agencies have different missions.
"The El Paso community should know that UMC has no agreement with CBP or any other law enforcement agency to conduct searches of people in their custody nor are we in any way an extension of [CBP] and the Border Patrol," the board said in a statement after the vote. "As healthcare providers, our obligation and focus is our patients' health and safety."