Feb 27, 2018
Mundo Hispánico

Liberan a Laura Monterrosa, la salvadoreña que reportó abuso sexual en centro de detención en Texas

"Representantes de Grassroots Leadership, hablaron en nombre de todas las mujeres que están detenidas en el centro Hutto, un total de 512, quienes según los ponentes, viven situaciones de abuso, violaciones a sus derechos y son explotadas laboralmente, y les exigen muchas horas de trabajo a cambio de una mínima remuneración económica." [node:read-more:link]

Mar 26, 2018

Salvadoran asylum-seeker released from T. Don Hutto after sexual assault allegations

'"If it wasn't for Grassroots Leadership, all their support, all the organizations that were supporting me in the community that would have been impossible,' Monterrosa said. 'I'm living a different life. I'm receiving a dignified treatment. I'm receiving all the support that I need.'

Now that she's been released from the detention center, Monterrosa believes there's still a lot of work to be done.

'My goal is to fight for all women and not only women, but also for men that are in the detention centers,' Monterrosa said. 'My goal is for all the detention centers to be closed because it's not a dignified place to be."' [node:read-more:link]

Mar 26, 2018
¡Ahora Sí!

Salvadoran asylum-seeker says abuses still go on at detention center

"'I know that at this time, the women in the detention center are looking at me,' Laura Monterrosa said Monday in Spanish at a news conference, surrounded by local organizers who have been campaigning for her release since last year. 'Don’t let anyone violate your human rights. … It doesn’t matter if you are not of this country or if you are an immigrant, your rights will always be your rights, and they must be respected.'

Claudia Muñoz, the immigration programs director for Grassroots Leadership, which has been supporting Monterrosa, said she hopes other immigrants can look up to her as an example that they, too, can come forward with their own stories of abuse.

'We are hoping that they see Laura’s leadership and her courage and how brave she is, and they know that it is possible to speak out about your own case and be able to get your freedom,' Muñoz said." [node:read-more:link]

Mar 19, 2018
Democracy Now!

Salvadoran Asylum Seeker Who Says She Was Sexually Assaulted in Detention Is Freed

"In Texas, a 23-year-old Salvadoran asylum seeker named Laura Monterrosa has been freed from the T. Don Hutto detention facility, after a national campaign to win her freedom. Monterrosa says she was sexually assaulted by a guard while in detention and was then placed in solitary confinement in retaliation for speaking up. She fled El Salvador to escape sexual persecution as a lesbian and was detained for nine months."


Mar 26, 2018
Mundo Hispánico

Laura Monterrosa la salvadoreña que fue liberada por ICE en Austin TX, habla sobre su encierro

"El lunes 26 de marzo, en las oficinas de Garssroots Leadership, en Austin, Texas, Monterrosa dijo estar felíz, después de haber logrado salir del centro donde denunció haber sufrido abusos sexuales y psicológicos por 10 meses.

Claudia Muñoz, Directora de Programas de Inmigración de Grassroots Leadership, la organización que apoyó a Monterrosa dijo a MundoHispánico que Laura tuvo el valor de hablar y reportar todos los abusos que se viven en el centro de detención.

'Finalmente después de 10 meses de estar detenida, como cinco meses de una lucha bien fuerte, por su caso, por su vida por su dignidad,  Laura salió finalmente del centro de detención', agregó Muñoz." [node:read-more:link]

Mar 23, 2018
Austin Chronicle

Laura Monterrosa Released From T. Don Hutto

"Advocates rallied outside the courthouse last week, calling attention to systemic abuses at Hutto and detention centers statewide. 'ICE is trying to make an example out of Laura to discourage other victims of sexual abuse from coming out,' said Grassroots' Claudia Muñoz. 'Laura's is not an isolated case. We know that many of the 500 women at Hutto are going through the same abuses but not receiving the same attention. Laura's story is just the tip of the iceberg.'" [node:read-more:link]

Mar 22, 2018
Texas Observer

Asylum-Seeker’s Release Shows Activists Can Win Under Trump’s ICE

"'This case under Obama would’ve taken like a month,' said Claudia Muñoz, immigration projects director with Grassroots Leadership, an Austin nonprofit that fights private prisons and led the activism around Monterrosa’s case. Under Obama, she said, it was 'common practice' for ICE to release detained immigrants with health problems or in response to scandal — a practice that’s much less common now.

Muñoz, an undocumented activist who once made national headlines for infiltrating a Michigan immigrant detention center, said that ever since Trump’s election, it’s been an open question whether Trump’s ICE can be successfully pressured. 'A lot of people have stopped organizing because they don’t think it’s possible now,' she said. 'But you have to be willing to try; it might not work, but people are being deported either way.'

On Friday, ICE granted Monterrosa what’s called 'deferred action,' essentially a year-long promise not to deport her while she tries to sort out her immigration case. Such temporary reprieves, which are renewable but can be revoked by ICE at any time, are a common goal for activists and attorneys, but they’ve been much harder to come by under Trump. In a statement, San Antonio ICE spokesperson Nina Pruneda said Monterrosa is required to check in weekly with the agency." [node:read-more:link]

Mar 20, 2018
Al Dia News

Laura Monterrosa released

"Laura Monterrosa, a 23-year-old Salvadoran immigrant, was arrested in May 2017 after trying to enter the country without documents, fleeing the daily aggression against LGBTQ people that happens in her country. After 10 months in prison, and under threat of deportation, she decided to speak and make public her sexual harassment situation inside the facilities of the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas.

According to Univisión(link is external), Monterrosa wrote a letter of complaint detailing her situation and asking the Williamson County Sheriff's Office to 'take the reins of the investigation.'

The pro-immigrant activist group Grassroots Leadership made the letter public, and assumed the legal defense and the struggle for the liberation of the young Salvadoran woman." [node:read-more:link]


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