Feb 15, 2018
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." [node:read-more:link]

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

Feb 12, 2018
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." [node:read-more:link]

Feb 14, 2018

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." [node:read-more:link]

Feb 18, 2018
The Daily Dot

After sexual assault accusation against a guard, ICE detainee faces solitary

"Last month, Monterrosa attempted suicide after she was forced to eat in the same cafeteria as the guard she says assaulted her. She survived the attempt, but in the weeks following, she’s claimed the jail has taken punitive and inhumane steps to try to force her to change her story.

'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,' Monterrosa said in a statement last month following her attempted suicide: 'I do not feel safe or secure. I am not receiving the medical treatment or help I need.'" [node:read-more:link]

Feb 20, 2018
The Patch

Austin Advocates Call For Release Of Detained Migrant Woman

"Officials at Grassroots Leadership — an Austin-based national organization working against prison profiteering, mass incarceration and deportation — will ask Williamson County Commissioners Court members to intervene on behalf of an immigrant woman facing extreme hardship at a county detention center.

The group is acting on behalf of Laura Monterrosa, an asylum seeker from El Salvador being detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, which in actuality is a detention center for immigrant women. Advocates say the woman's mental and physical health continue to decline after she was driven to attempt suicide at the detention center in early January. Monterrosa has spent nearly nine months at the detention center where she previously spoke out about being sexually assaulted by a guard.

Since her outcry, the woman has been subjected to what Grassroots Leadership officials say is a pattern of retaliation — including being placed in solitary confinement for 60 hours earlier this month in what her advocates say was vengeance for her outcry." [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 15, 2018
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." [node:read-more:link]

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

Feb 14, 2018


“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.” [node:read-more:link]


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