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Jan 19, 2018
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The Independent

Immigrant woman attempts suicide after reporting allegations of sexual abuse at Texas detention centre

"Sofia Casini, the immigration programmes coordinator at Grassroots Leadership, told The Independent that guards were called into Ms Monterrosa’s cell shortly after she took the pills, but did not assist her. Instead, Ms Monterrosa took herself to the medical centre hours later, after talking on the phone with Grassroots staff.

'This case is heart-wrenching,' Claudia Muñoz, immigration programmes director at Grassroots Leadership, said in a statement. '..It’s just inhumane to force this victim of sexual abuse to have to relive that abuse everyday by being forced to confront her abuser over and over again.'" Read more about Immigrant woman attempts suicide after reporting allegations of sexual abuse at Texas detention centre

Jan 20, 2018
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The Express Tribune

Immigrant woman sexually abused, attempts suicide in Texas detention center

“I feel very desperate because I tried to report the abuse from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and facility officials, but they continue to psychologically abuse me through intimidation,” said Monterrosa after she was discharged from medical care. I was four the first time I was sexually abused: Nadia Jamil She further added: “I do not feel safe or secure. I am not receiving the medical treatment or help I need.”

 

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Jan 19, 2018
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Mundo Hispánico

Intenta suicidarse inmigrante que reportó abuso sexual en centro de detención en Austin, FBI inicia investigación

"Bethany Carson, Investigadora y Organizadora de Inmigración de Grassroots Leadership dijo a MundoHispánico, que Monterrosa intentó quitarse la vida tomando muchas pastillas que los oficiales médicos del centro de detención habían dejado. Agregó que las acciones de las autoridades, la llevaron a sentir que no tenía otra forma de solucionar su situación.

La organización ha iniciado una campaña para pedir al Senador republicano John Cornyn la liberación de Monterrosa, a través de una carta que ha sido publicada en su Facebook." Read more about Intenta suicidarse inmigrante que reportó abuso sexual en centro de detención en Austin, FBI inicia investigación

Jan 19, 2018
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Austin American-Statesman

Detained immigrant who said guard assaulted her tried to commit suicide, advocates say

Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership, said Monterrosa’s case is heart-wrenching.

“It’s just inhumane to force this victim of sexual abuse to have to relive that abuse everyday by being forced to confront her abuser over and over again,” Muñoz said. “Laura can’t escape this pain, she can’t get the treatment she needs.” Read more about Detained immigrant who said guard assaulted her tried to commit suicide, advocates say

Jan 19, 2018
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Austin American-Statesman

Advocates: Immigrant who said guard assaulted her attempted suicide

"Laura Monterrosa, a woman from El Salvador who has been held at the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention center since May, tried to kill herself on Jan. 11, according to the Austin-based immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership.

'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 released Monday by Grassroots Leadership. 'I do not feel safe or secure. I am not receiving the medical treatment or help I need.'" Read more about Advocates: Immigrant who said guard assaulted her attempted suicide

Jan 18, 2018
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The Outline

Asylum seekers are being sexually assaulted in U.S. detention

"In the meantime, Monterrosa remains at Hutto, where she says she has experienced retaliation as a result of speaking out. She has described it as 'hell.' 'I don’t go to the dining area. I don’t go to any of the recreation areas because I’m so scared I’ll see [the guard who assaulted me] in the hallways,' she said when we spoke on January 4. By that point, she said she hadn’t been to the dining area in two weeks and had stopped eating altogether once she ran out of money on her commissary account. She said she was threatened with disciplinary action for refusing eat. A week after we last spoke, Monterrosa tried to kill herself by overdosing on pain medication that had been left in her room by Hutto medical staff. According to Grassroots Leadership, she ingested 51 prescription pills. The following day, she was finally told that the guard who assaulted her was being transferred to a different facility." Read more about Asylum seekers are being sexually assaulted in U.S. detention

Jan 17, 2018
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The Patch

Immigrant Woman Held In Williamson County Attempts Suicide

"'This case is heart-wrenching,' said Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership. 'We learned from Laura that she attempted to kill herself just after learning that she was going to be punished because she refused to eat in the same cafeteria where her abuser is now assigned. It's just inhumane to force this victim of sexual abuse to have to relive that abuse everyday by being forced to confront her abuser over and over again. Laura can't escape this pain, she can't get the treatment she needs.'" Read more about Immigrant Woman Held In Williamson County Attempts Suicide

Jan 17, 2018
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Rewire

Migrant Attempts Suicide After Forced to Interact With Alleged Abuser

“'This case is heartwrenching; we learned from Laura that she attempted to kill herself just after learning that she was going to be punished because she refused to eat in the same cafeteria where her abuser is now assigned.' Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership, said in a statement. 'It’s just inhumane to force this victim of sexual abuse to have to relive that abuse everyday by being forced to confront her abuser over and over again. Laura can’t escape this pain, she can’t get the treatment she needs.'

[...] 'There are enough eyes looking at this that something should have happened already to make sure that Laura is in a safe place. No victim of sexual abuse should be forced to live with their abuser,' Bethany Carson, immigration researcher and organizer at Grassroots Leadership, said in a statement. 'We are asking Sen. Cornyn in the name of the rule of law to ask that ICE immediately release Laura pending this investigation.”' Read more about Migrant Attempts Suicide After Forced to Interact With Alleged Abuser

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