Grassroots Leadership In The News

Feb 16, 2018
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Independent

Laura Monterrosa: Woman put in solitary confinement after claiming she was sexually abused by immigration prison guard

"A woman who claims she was sexually abused by a guard in a privately-run Texas immigration jail has been placed in solitary confinement in what advocates on her behalf say is part of a pattern of retaliation for going public with her allegations.

Laura Monterrosa, 23, was put in solitary confinement Friday night, and was told Monday that she would face repeated isolated until she publicly retracted her accusations of sexual abuse, according to advocacy group Grassroots Leadership.

'This is incredibly egregious that they are trying to silence a victim of sexual assault in this way,' Bethany Carson, an immigration policy and organising advocate with the group, told The Independent via phone on her way to the Hutto Detention Center to visit with Ms Monterrosa." Read more about Laura Monterrosa: Woman put in solitary confinement after claiming she was sexually abused by immigration prison guard

Feb 15, 2018
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The Guardian

Activists say woman put in solitary after reporting assault by detention guard

"According to Grassroots Leadership, Monterrosa, who has health problems including stomach pain, was kept away from other detainees for about 60 hours last weekend.

'They were pressuring her to write a letter to them recanting her testimony but she has not done that. She is remaining strong and we’re out here showing her that we support her and we’re not going to stand for a victim of sexual abuse being intimidated in this way,' Carson said." Read more about Activists say woman put in solitary after reporting assault by detention guard

Feb 15, 2018
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Azteca América

Indocumentada acusa de violación a agente de centro para inmigrantes

"Una mujer salvadoreña detenida en un centro para inmigrantes de Texas que denunció haber sido violada por un agente reclamó el miércoles que se acelere esa investigación tras haber sido puesta recientemente en régimen de aislamiento durante unas 60 horas.

La organización Grassroots Leadership, que brinda asesoramiento legal a inmigrantes, dijo que la medida de aislamiento contra la mujer, Laura Monterrosa, fue un castigo por las acusaciones de abusos sexuales que han tenido eco en los medios de comunicación." Read more about Indocumentada acusa de violación a agente de centro para inmigrantes

Feb 15, 2018
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Mundo Hispánico

Activistas denuncian que inmigrante fue enviada a aislamiento, ICE dice que no

"Laura Monterrosa, inmigrante que denunció abuso sexual por guardias del centro de detención T. Don Hutto, en Austin, Texas, fue puesta en confinamiento solitario, según una organización que está siguiendo el caso.

De acuerdo con Bethany Carson, investigadora y organizadora de inmigración de Grassroots Leadership, el 12 de febrero, después de pasar el fin de semana en aislamiento, Monterrosa, fue amenazada con ser regresada al encierro si no retiraba la denuncia hecha contra la seguridad del lugar y que se hiciera pública la nueva versión." Read more about Activistas denuncian que inmigrante fue enviada a aislamiento, ICE dice que no

Feb 14, 2018
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Austin Chronicle

ICE Retaliates Against Hutto Detainee?

"After accusing a T. Don Hutto detention center guard of sexual abuse, immigrant detainee Laura Monterrosa was held in solitary confinement for 60 hours last weekend as an act of retaliation by ICE, according to advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, who say Monterrosa was told she would not be released until she publicly stated no sexual abuse occurred.

Since Monterrosa’s revelation last November, ICE and for-profit detention center managers CoreCivic have increased punishment tactics with discipline and verbal aggression. Monterrosa attempted to take her own life by ingesting 51 pain pills left on Jan. 11. 'I feel very desperate because I tried to report the abuse from ICE and facility officials, but they continue to psychologically abuse me through intimidation,' she said last month. 'I do not feel safe or secure. I am not receiving the medical treatment or help I need.' Last week, an ICE official identified as “Soto” demanded she call Grassroots’ Bethany Carson and tell her she would no longer work with them; and that if she did not recant her story of sexual abuse to the media, she would face solitary confinement indefinitely, the organization claims." Read more about ICE Retaliates Against Hutto Detainee?

Feb 14, 2018
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Austin American-Statesman

ICE denies woman punished for sexual assault allegations

"Protesters gathered Wednesday morning outside the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor alleging a woman had been held in solitary confinement for refusing to recant her allegation that she had been sexually assaulted by a guard.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents placed El Salvadorian immigrant Laura Monterrosa in solitary confinement at the center for 60 hours from 11 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Monday, saying she would only be freed from solitary if she took back her story, said Cristina Parker, a spokeswoman for Grassroots Leadership." Read more about ICE denies woman punished for sexual assault allegations

Feb 14, 2018
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ShadowProof

ICE PUT IMMIGRANT WOMAN, WHO ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE, IN SOLITARY TO MAKE HER RECANT CLAIMS

“This should not be happening in America,” said Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership. “Here you have a woman who came forward to report rampant sexual abuse inside of a federal facility. Instead of protecting her and ensuring the abuse stops, ICE is now putting Laura in solitary confinement with the expressed intent of tearing her down so she will do as they say.” Read more about ICE PUT IMMIGRANT WOMAN, WHO ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE, IN SOLITARY TO MAKE HER RECANT CLAIMS

Feb 14, 2018
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Human Rights Watch

Can Immigrant Detainees Have a #MeToo Movement?

"Meanwhile, local advocates say that Laura is facing punitive measures for coming forward. According to them, Laura says detention center officials have threatened to keep her in solitary confinement unless she retracts her allegations – a terrifying prospect for someone like Laura who, the advocates say, has attempted suicide in detention.

All the reasons #MeToo as a movement to raise awareness was urgently needed elsewhere are magnified in the sprawling network of jails holding more than 40,000 non-citizens, including Laura, at any time." Read more about Can Immigrant Detainees Have a #MeToo Movement?

Feb 14, 2018
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Splinter

ICE Allegedly Puts Woman in Solitary Confinement to Get Her to Recant Claims of Sexual Assault

"The FBI picked up the investigation in December. According to Grassroots Leadership, 'Over the past four months, community advocates have witnessed ICE and CoreCivic’s retaliation tactics against Laura escalate from verbal aggression to threats of administrative discipline and indefinite periods of confinement. On Monday, ICE officials attempted to silence Laura by terrorizing her with threats of continuous isolation.'" Read more about ICE Allegedly Puts Woman in Solitary Confinement to Get Her to Recant Claims of Sexual Assault

Feb 14, 2018
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Univision

ICE niega haber castigado con aislamiento a una inmigrante que denunció abuso sexual

"La organización Grassroots Leadership asegura que Laura Monterrosa fue puesta en confinamiento en solitario durante 60 horas en el centro de detención Hutto, en Texas, manejado por un contratista federal. La agencia migratoria afirma que la salvadoreña estuvo en una unidad médica "bajo observación" por una situación que ella reportó." Read more about ICE niega haber castigado con aislamiento a una inmigrante que denunció abuso sexual

Feb 14, 2018
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El Diario de Juárez

Ocultan violación a indocumentada con celda de aislamiento

"Monterrosa también le dijo a Grassroots Leadership que le habían negado medicamentos para su salud mental y para una enfermedad que padece en el estómago, y también le pidieron que les dijera a los activistas que sí los había recibido.

El FBI se hizo cargo de la investigación a finales del año pasado, e interrogó a Monterrosa por primera vez durante la semana pasada." Read more about Ocultan violación a indocumentada con celda de aislamiento

Feb 14, 2018
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Daily Kos

ICE allegedly threw a detainee in solitary for 60 hours in demand she recant sexual abuse claims

"According to Grassroots Leadership and advocates, 'over the past four months, community advocates have witnessed ICE and CoreCivic’s retaliation tactics against Laura escalate from verbal aggression to threats of administrative discipline and indefinite periods of confinement.' Following 60 hours in solitary—which is torture—'advocates are calling on the Taylor Police Department to investigate ICE’s intimidation of Laura':

'This should not be happening in America. Here you have a woman who came forward to report rampant sexual abuse inside of a federal facility. Instead of protecting her, and ensuring the abuse stops, ICE is now putting Laura in solitary confinement with the expressed intent of tearing her down so she will do as they say. This is against the law. There is an ongoing FBI investigation and ICE is trying to convince this witness to change her story.' said Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership. 'This is one of the most egregious abuses I have ever witnessed.”'

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Feb 12, 2018
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The Patch

Battle Lines Drawn As Austin Considers Paid Sick Leave Mandate

"It is disappointing, despicable, and desperate that opponents of paid sick days would use immigrant families as a pawn to stop this policy," their statement reads. "As grassroots leaders that have been on the front lines in the fight against Texas' anti-immigrant SB 4, we find it disgusting that big industry associations, with a track record of exploiting undocumented labor, would falsely cite concern for undocumented workers as a talking point against a policy that is good for Austin working families." Read more about Battle Lines Drawn As Austin Considers Paid Sick Leave Mandate

Feb 12, 2018
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Texas Observer

A Prison By Any Other Name

"Cate Graziani, a researcher with Grassroots Leadership who tracks the private prison industry’s movement into treatment and civil commitment programs, says the Littlefield contract felt like a 'consolation prize' after Correct Care failed for several years to privatize another state hospital.

'We had just told the state all about this company’s track record of serious problems, and then we turn around and they’re putting people in Littlefield months later,' she said." Read more about A Prison By Any Other Name

Feb 12, 2018
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World Socialist Website

The nightmare reality for immigrants across US in 2018

"Twenty-three-year-old asylum seeker Laura Monterrosa attempted suicide in January after exposing widespread sexual abuse by guards at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Texas, which is owned by the for-profit corporation CoreCivic. After speaking out Monterrosa was forced to eat in the same cafeteria as the female guard who repeatedly molested her multiple times." Read more about The nightmare reality for immigrants across US in 2018

Jan 26, 2018
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KVUE

Lawmakers respond to misleading ICE reports on raid numbers

"Cristina Parker, the communications coordinator for Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based immigrants rights advocacy group, said they've long-believed the reported total of 51 arrests was inaccurate. 

'It's one of the reasons we've told our sheriff, Sally Hernandez, we've told our City Council and Interim Police Chief Manley that they should not work with ICE. They cannot be trusted to even give accurate information at a basic level,' Parker said." Read more about Lawmakers respond to misleading ICE reports on raid numbers

Jan 25, 2018
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Workers World

Women in ICE detention attempt suicide

"Conditions for people in detention are only expected to worsen under the Trump administration. What is the solution to this rampant abuse, which is reminiscent of 19th-century prisons?

Solidarity. Organization. Fightback. As women march across the U.S. and around the world, the issue of women and trans people in prisons and ICE detentions must be front and center on our agenda.

Free them all and jail the oppressors— that’s the solution.

To support Laura Monterrosa’s case, visit grassrootsleadership.org." Read more about Women in ICE detention attempt suicide

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