“La valentía y liderazgo de Laura han impulsado un movimiento en el condado de Williamson que elevó la consciencia sobre los abusos que han ocurrido en el centro”, dijo este lunes Bethany Carson, de la organización Grassroots Leadership. Read more about Liberan a migrante que denunció acoso sexual, afirman que no es el único caso en centro de detención
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“Laura is adjusting to her new environment and recovering from the trauma she has experienced,” Grassroots Leadership said in a statement. “Advocates will follow-up with a statement from Laura in the coming days.” Read more about Asylum seeker released from Taylor detention center, group says
"Laura Monterrosa, an undocumented immigrant woman detained at T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, who reported she was sexually assaulted by a guard, was released Saturday, according to Grassroots Leadership.
'Despite facing retaliation inside, including solitary confinement, Laura showed incredible courage in speaking out to tell her story,' said Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership. 'This is a huge victory for Laura, for all the women who have organized and spoken out, and for the community that came to their support.”' Read more about Woman alleging sexual assault against ICE guard now released
"An asylum seeker who says a guard sexually assaulted her while she was in a Williamson County immigration detention facility has been released according to Grassroots Leadership -- a group supporting her.
The group said Laura Monterrosa was released from detention at the Don T. Hutto facility on Friday evening after months of protesting and campaigning." Read more about Asylum seeker alleging sexual assault at WilCo detention center freed
"A woman from El Salvador who said a guard groped her at an immigration detention facility has been released, advocates said Saturday.
Laura Monterrosa-Flores was released late Friday from the T. Don Hutto Residential Center outside Austin, where she had been held for months, Grassroots Leadership organizer Bethany Carson said. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which had sued on Monterrosa-Flores’s behalf, said Saturday that the Department of Homeland Security agreed to release her under deferred action, which provides individuals temporary relief from deportation." Read more about Salvadoran woman who alleged abuse leaves immigration center in Texas
"Advocates said in a statement Saturday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decided Friday to grant deferred action to Laura Monterrosa-Flores, who has been held for months at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center outside of Austin." Read more about Immigrant detainee who alleged sex abuse to be released
"An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who made an outcry about being sexually assaulted while being detained in a Williamson County detention center was released Friday." Read more about Immigrant Claiming Sexual Assault While Detained Is Released
"A pesar de enfrentarse a represalias internas, incluyendo el confinamiento solitario, Laura demostró una valentía increíble al alzar la voz para contar su historia", dijo en un comunicado Claudia Muñoz, directora de programas de inmigración de Grassroots Leadership, el grupo que lideró la campaña para liderar a Monterrosa. "Esta es una gran victoria para Laura, para todas las mujeres que se han organizado y alzado la voz, y para la comunidad que salió a apoyarla". Read more about Liberan a inmigrante que denunció ser acosada por guardia en centro de detención de ICE
"Laura Monterrosa Flores salió libre este viernes por la noche del Centro Residencial T. Don Hutto, en las afueras de Austin, dijo Bethany Carson, activista de Grassroots Leadership.
'Ella ya puede seguir adelante y recuperarse de los abusos que sufrió mientras estuvo detenida y antes de eso, en El Salvador', dijo Carson." Read more about Liberan a inmigrante salvadoreña que alegó abuso en un centro de detención en Texas
A group called Grassroots Leadership demanded the release of an undocumented immigrant woman detained at T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor.
Grassroots Leadership said Laura Monterrosa has been at the detention center since May 2017.
Last November, Monterrosa reported she was sexually assaulted by a guard. ICE officials told KVUE they found her claim to be unsubstantiated.
Grassroots Leadership members said the county is liable for the abuses that are happening to Monterrosa and should intercede with ICE for her release.
"The county is a party to the contract, along with ICE and CoreCivic for the T. Don Hutto Detention Center," Grassroots Leadership member Bethany Carson said. "They are liable for any abuses that happens as a party to the contract." Read more about WilCo group demands action from county commissioners on sex assault investigation
"The #MeToo movement, a hashtag used on social media to demonstrate a widespread epidemic of sexual assault and harassment, is expected to bring change on how these situations are handled. It is also encouraging women to share their experiences in a show of solidarity. But for some, such as 23-year-old Salvadoran immigrant Laura Monterrosa, going public about her experiences could ultimately lead to her deportation." Read more about This Woman Was Sexually Assaulted In An Immigration Detention Center And Now Risks Deportation
"Travis County officials say they’ve implemented a laundry list of reforms to divert people from jail in recent years, such as drug courts and cite-and-release policies for certain low-level offenses. But the coalition of community activists, drug treatment providers and formerly incarcerated women who attended last week’s commission meeting questioned how well those programs are working, particularly for women. For instance, the number of women with mental health issues booked into the jail has doubled since 2013.
'What are our mental health diversion programs doing?' Cate Graziani, a researcher with Grassroots Leadership, told commissioners. 'That is an indicator that they’re not working.'
[...] Brandi French, who first entered prison at age 19, asked Travis County commissioners last week to put the money they would have spent building a new women’s jail into community recovery programs.
French, who calls herself a recovering drug addict, says she spent most of her 20s behind bars. She tried both college and church to stay sober, but neither worked. When she was 34, she went with her child to a place called Austin Recovery, one of only three treatment centers in Texas that allow women to bring their children with them. 'It was the first time I was ever diagnosed with bipolar disorder,' French told commissioners. 'First time, after seven years in prison. Nobody ever looked at my mental health issues.'
'Building a new prison is not the answer,' she said. 'Putting sick people behind bars is not the answer.'" Read more about Texas Prison System Sheds Men, Swallows Even More Women
"Civil rights organizations in Texas acknowledged the defeat and are now regrouping for the new reality of living with SB4.
'The arrests and deportations will accelerate,' said Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership." Read more about Courts uphold Trumps Texas anti-immigration law
"Another option is for local governments to adopt or continue policies where being charged for an alleged misdemeanor doesn’t trigger automatic arrest, said Bob Libal, the executive director of Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based immigrant rights and private-prison watchdog group.
'Local officials need to act swiftly to stop the arrest-to-deportation pipeline that will be accelerated by SB 4,' Libal said. 'They can start by enacting policies that end discretionary arrests while ensuring that scarce public resources are not wasted on unnecessary immigration enforcement actions that terrorize the immigrant community.'" Read more about After ruling on Texas' "sanctuary cities" law, opponents say they're down but not out