Hutto Visitation Orientation March 25th

Date: 
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
2301 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX

Please join us for a Hutto Visitation Program Orientation on February 18th from 2pm to 4pm, in our back training room at 2301 E. Cesar Chavez St. (the building is on the south side of our parking lot). Our program's purpose is to offer support for the women at Hutto, monitor human rights abuses and put an end to the silence of detention. Come talk to the women directly impacted by issues like gender-based violence, international affairs and immigration policies to hear their stories and perspectives. You will gain the knowledge and tools needed to support women who are detained in the T. Don Hutto Detention facility in Taylor, TX.

Volunteers must be conversationally proficient in a language other than English and/or attend the training with someone who is bilingual that is willing to visit in partnership and interpret for you. They should also RSVP. Volunteers must commit to visiting the detention center at least once a month. It is open 8am until 8pm, seven days a week. Please pass along the date to anyone who may be interested in breaking the isolation of detention. Let us know you're coming, there are space limitations. You must RSVP via the link above, not on Facebook. If it is full, be on the lookout for our next month's training. RSVP here.

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Do you know of any similar programs in Long Beach or Orange County areas in S California? I'd like to volunteer here where I live. Thank you.

Hello Stahsha, you can reach out to Community Initiatives for Visiting Individuals in Confinement (CIVIC), a national visitation network our program belongs to. They are based in California and will have information about which groups are operating in your area: http://www.endisolation.org/ . Good luck!

Hi, I run a Spanish conversation organization at The University of Texas at Austin. This year we are incorporating a focus on service in our club. A volunteer at the Hutto Visitation program, Ignacio Carvajal, spoke to my service-learning Spanish class about the program, and I shared the information with the club that I run.

My question for you is about the monthly time commitment. We have students who will be graduating or traveling during the summer and thus would not be able to commit to volunteering during that time. They are extremely excited at this opportunity however and would like to participate for the remainder of the semester and hopefully the next semester once classes start up again and we are all back in Austin.

If this is an option, we would love to attend the orientation on the 25th. Thank you!

Hi Meera,

I'm so glad you and the others were inspired to get involved in visiting! We can definitely work with the students' summer schedules. For those who are traveling, the way we handle it is the volunteer would share with their amiga they'll be leaving for that time period, so there's no breach of trust, and that another volunteer will be visiting them during the summer. We also ask them to keep in touch with their amiga while they're gone (sending her a letter or postcard) so the connection is maintained for returning. If they are willing to committ to this, have them sign up for the training! I believe the 25th is full. We'll schedule the April training shortly. 

Signing up for 3/25 Hutto visitation training.

Hi Jeanel, our March training is currently full. Look out for the April date once it's set. We hope to see you there!

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