Community members call on Williamson County Commissioners to intervene for Laura Monterrosa’s immediate release from Hutto Detention Center

WHAT: Testimony at Commissioners Court
WHO: Community members who have visited with Laura
WHEN:   9:30 a.m., Tuesday February 20
WHERE: Williamson County Commissioners Court, 710 S Main St, Georgetown TX 78626

AUSTIN — Tomorrow community members will testify to request the intervention of Williamson County Commissioners Court on the case of Laura Monterrosa, an immigrant woman detained at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center. [node:read-more:link]

Laura Monterrosa’s mental health dangerously declines in detention

AUSTIN — Laura Monterrosa’s mental and physical health continue to decline dangerously after she was driven to attempt suicide inside detention in early January. Monterrosa has spent nearly 9 months in the T. Don Hutto Detention Center where she has spoken out about being sexually assaulted by a guard. Her mental health has continuously deteriorated under intimidation by officials at the detention center and she remains suicidal. [node:read-more:link]

Feb 14, 2018

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.'" [node:read-more:link]

Feb 14, 2018
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." [node:read-more:link]

Feb 16, 2018

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." [node:read-more:link]

Feb 16, 2018
Fox 7

Protest outside T. Don Hutto Residential Center

"We know that there are thousands of men and women who are sexually abused in detention every single year and that usually, that results in less than 1 percent conviction rate and investigation rate for all of the cases. So for us, it's not just about Laura, it's about the larger systemic issue of sexual abuse and abuse of power that happens inside of detention centers," says Claudia Munoz, immigration programs director, Grassroots Leadership. [node:read-more:link]

Feb 16, 2018
Democracy Now!

Texas: Solitary Confinement for Asylum Seeker over Sexual Assault Allegations

"And in Texas, supporters of 23-year-old asylum seeker Laura Monterrosa say she was put in solitary confinement for 60 hours at the T. Don Hutto detention center outside Austin in order to pressure her to recant her allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a guard. ICE says Monterrosa was under “medical observation.” But she later made a strange call to her lawyer from an unusual phone number. Grassroots Leadership shared a recording with Democracy Now!

Laura Monterrosa: “I wanted to call you, because I wanted to tell you that everything I had said was false, and I was forced to tell you that, because, if not, they were going to lock me again in that room, and I didn’t want to be locked again in that room.”

Feb 14, 2018
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." [node:read-more:link]

Feb 16, 2018

El Centro de Detención T. Don Hutto enfrenta acusaciones de abuso en sus instalaciones

Decenas de personas se unieron el miércoles a un puñado de activistas pro-inmigrante para exigir la liberación de Laura Monterrosa, una mujer que alega ser el blanco de abuso dentro del Centro de Detención T. Don Hutto de Taylor.

“Estamos exigiendo que dejen y dejen de torturar a Laura Monterrosa, que es una víctima de abuso sexual ahí adentro", dijo Claudia Muñoz, directora de los programas de protección a los inmigrantes de Grassroots Leadership. [node:read-more:link]


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