Austin organization training volunteers to be advocates for detained asylum-seeking women

June 23, 2018

Leaders of an Austin organization want women who are detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center to know they're not alone. 

Grassroots Leadership -- a non-profit organization that works to end mass incarceration, among other issues -- held a meeting Saturday afternoon at their headquarters in East Austin in a room full of eager community members who want to help these women.

Nearly three dozen people from the Austin area, mostly women, attended the session to find out how they can help.

According to the non-profit, there are more than 30 asylum-seeking women who've been separated from their children at the Hutto detention center.