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]

Jan 25, 2018
Workers World

Women in ICE detention attempt suicide

"Conditions for people in detention are only expected to worsen under the Trump administration. What is the solution to this rampant abuse, which is reminiscent of 19th-century prisons?

Solidarity. Organization. Fightback. As women march across the U.S. and around the world, the issue of women and trans people in prisons and ICE detentions must be front and center on our agenda.

Free them all and jail the oppressors— that’s the solution.

To support Laura Monterrosa’s case, visit grassrootsleadership.org." [node:read-more:link]

Jan 24, 2018
¡Ahora Sí!

Inmigrante detenida que alega haber sido asaltada intenta suicidarse

"Laura Monterrosa, una mujer de El Salvador que ha permanecido en detención en el centro T. Don Hutto desde mayo, intentó quitarse la vida el 11 de enero, de acuerdo al grupo con base en Austin en pro de la defensa de los inmigrantes Grassroots Leadership.

'Me siento muy desesperada porque traté de reportar el abuso a los oficiales de ICE y de las instalaciones, pero continúan abusando de mí psicológicamente a través de la intimidación', dijo Monterrosa en un comunicado publicado el lunes 15 por la organización Grassroots Leadership. 'No me siento segura. No estoy recibiendo el tratamiento médico o la ayuda que necesito'." [node:read-more:link]


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