Texans United for Families


Texans United for Families, or TUFF, came together during the fight to end family detention at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center, just north of Austin. TUFF is a grassroots, all-volunteer-driven project of Grassroots Leadership. We support and coordinate TUFF members in their mission to fight back against immigrant detention and deportation close to home. In response to the influx of Central American families and children seeking refuge at the border, the Obama Administration announced the return of family detention in 2014. TUFF is fighting back to end this inhumane practice. Find out more about the consequences of family detention.

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Oct 29, 2015
Austin American-Statesman

Inmigrantes detenidas en Taylor habrían iniciado huelga de hambre

Al menos 27 inmigrantes detenidas en el centro T. Don Hutto, en Taylor, Texas, habrían empezado una huelga de hambre la noche del miércoles 28, según informó la organización Grassroots Leadership, en un comunicado.

Las internas, todas mujeres procedentes de México y varios países de Centroamérica, hicieron llegar cartas escritas a mano a la organización que apoya causas relacionadas con justicia social, inmigración y activismo ciudadano, en las cuales explican los motivos de su protesta, entre los que destacan mala alimentación y la incertidumbre que les causa estar encerradas de forma indefinida, muchas a la espera de resoluciones en casos de asilo político.

Las internas también exigen su libertad y piden una oportunidad para quedarse de forma legal en los Estados Unidos, pues sus vidas están en riesgo en sus países de origen, según explicaron en los documentos, los cuales fueron publicados en Internet. [node:read-more:link]

Oct 29, 2015

Women at Texas immigration detention center start hunger strike, activists say

At least 27 women in a Texas immigration detention center have started a hunger strike and are demanding their release, an advocacy group in the state said Wednesday.

The women, who are being kept in the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas, refused dinner Wednesday night, according to Texans United for Families.

Detention center officials disputed the report. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Adelina Pruneda said in an email that administrators were not aware of any detainees who had refused dinner at the facility cafeteria. [node:read-more:link]

Oct 30, 2015

27 Women in For-Profit Immigrant Detention Center on Hunger Strike

In Texas, 27 women detained at a for-profit immigrant detention center say they’re on a hunger strike to demand their immediate release. Most of the women are from Central America, which has seen a surge in migrants fleeing violence and abuse. They are held at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, as they apply for asylum. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency denies there is a hunger strike. This comes as another hunger strike by 14 South Asian asylum seekers held at Louisiana’s for-profit LaSalle Detention Center enters its 12th day. [node:read-more:link]

Oct 29, 2015

Sources say 27 women on hunger strike at local immigrant detention center

Sulma Franco reads letters written by one of the 27 women who are now on a hunger strike.

All of them confined to the T. Don Hutto residential center in Taylor.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained the women for coming into the country illegally.

Now, the women who are seeking asylum in the US are demanding ICE let them go.

Sulma Franco says she knows exactly how these women feel.

She spent 4 months at the same detention center about 5 years ago after she came to the US from Guatemala.

Sulma, along with grassroots leadership are urging the public to support the women in their hunger strike. [node:read-more:link]

Oct 29, 2015
ColorLines Magazine

Why 27 Women in Hutto Immigration Detention Center Won't Eat

According to Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based group that advocates for the end of for-profit prisons, at least 27 women at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, are currently on an indefinite hunger strike. The women, who have been dubbed #Hutto27 on social media, have just one demand: immediate release from immigration detention. Grassroots reports that the strike began on Wednesday evening at dinnertime.

According to a petition of support on Grassroots' website, the women are immigrants from Brazil, El Salvador, Europe, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. They are being held in the 512-bed facility at the behest of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is run by private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America.

Grassroots' site is hosting scans of handwritten letters from 18 of the women that detail the conditions inside the center, why they came to the United States and why they want to stay here. They describe stays of more than one year, denied opportunities to post bond, inordinately high commissary prices, poor medical treatment and overall neglect. [node:read-more:link]

Oct 28, 2015
The Monitor

As many as 27 women go on hunger strike at immigrant detention center

As many as 27 women housed at the T. Don Hutto detention center are participating in a hunger strike, according to a news release from a pro-immigrant rights group.

The women, most of whom are fleeing violent and deadly circumstances back home, refused dinner Wednesday night and are demanding to be released immediately, according to the release from Texans United for Families.

A call placed to officials at the detention center went unanswered as of Wednesday evening.

TUFF, a volunteer-run organization, has been demanding the closure of the Hutto detention center, located in Taylor, outside of Austin, for more than nine years, when the facility was used as a family detention center, the release states.

While in detention, the women are expected to fight their legal cases with little to no representation from an attorney, the release said. In their letters announcing the hunger strike, made available by TUFF, the women write about the mistreatment in the detention centers and how they are suffering because of their legal cases, according to the news release.

“TUFF stands behind these women and we are here to echo their demand: to release them immediately. We also want to remind ICE and CCA officials that we are watching for retaliation and we will not stand by if they retaliate against the Hutto 27,” a TUFF official said in a prepared statement, referring to the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as the company that runs the detention facility. [node:read-more:link]

Oct 29, 2015
The Guardian

More than 20 women detained in Texas immigration facility begin hunger strike

More than two dozen women at an immigration detention centre in Texas began a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest at the conditions and their ongoing incarceration, a civil rights group said.

Grassroots Leadership published 17 letters from the women and said that at least 27 began their protest by refusing dinner at the T Don Hutto residential center in Taylor, near Austin.

In the letters, some of the women express fears they will be in danger if they are forced to return to Central America. Other concerns include inedible food, poor medical care, inadequate legal representation, harsh treatment from officials and a capricious process that sees some cases resolved far more quickly than others. [node:read-more:link]