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Jan 10, 2018
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Telemundo Austin

Campaña busca apoyar a víctimas de agresión sexual dentro de centros de detención

"La campaña #EllaTambién comenzó a raíz del movimiento social #MeToo que protagonizaron decenas de famosas que confesaron en las redes sociales el acoso y agresión sexual que sufrieron a manos de hombres poderosos e influyentes.

Desde entonces, una coalición del activismo proinmigrante ha querido usar esta atención para poner freno al abuso que, dicen, ocurre en los centros de detención de inmigración.

'La cuestión es que las mujeres en detención tienen otra capa con que lidiar, que están siempre en las manos de las personas que las están abusando, por eso decidimos usar #EllaTambién para poner luz de que hay muchas mujeres que han sido víctimas', dijo Claudia Muñoz, una de las representantes de la organización Grassroots Leadership.

Según Muñoz, esta problemática no es una novedad: 'En los últimos siete años, ha habido 33,000 reportes de abuso sexual en centros de detención, de esos 33,000 reportes, solo 500 han sido investigados propiamente por la inmigración', agregó Muñoz." Read more about Campaña busca apoyar a víctimas de agresión sexual dentro de centros de detención

Jan 8, 2018
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KGNS

Advocates pushing for sexual misconduct to include immigrant detention

Grassroots Leadership continues to advocate for accountability for abuses of power in detention, including sexual assault. "Advocates say the national discussion of sexual misconduct should include immigrant detention facilities where they say cases of abuse have not been adequately investigated.

Advocates point to the FBI announcing that it had opened a civil rights investigation into a Texas case as a positive sign that federal authorities are responding to pressure." Read more about Advocates pushing for sexual misconduct to include immigrant detention

Jan 8, 2018
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US News

Advocates Want #MeToo Debate to Include Immigrant Detention

"The advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, which publicized Monterrosa's case, says two other women in the same facility have since written letters describing sexual harassment.

'Women are forced to do what they say or stay silent out of fear,' Monterrosa said.

Bethany Carson, an immigration researcher at Grassroots Leadership, called on authorities to release Monterrosa so 'she can live in peace and recover from this new trauma she experienced at the hands of those responsible for ensuring her safety.'

Monterrosa is being held at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, a rural town outside of Austin. Hutto has been the target of lawsuits and criminal investigations since shortly after it opened in 2006, having been converted from a medium-security prison." Read more about Advocates Want #MeToo Debate to Include Immigrant Detention

Dec 3, 2017
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Quando il carcere è un affare privato

Per altri invece non esiste un buon contratto, le prigioni private non devono esistere. "Sia la Cca che la Geo hanno un pessimo record, basano i propri profitti sulle sofferenze altrui, non c’è spazio per questo tipo di aziende", ha detto a Il Caffè il direttore dell’organizzazione Grassroots Leadership Bob Libal che si batte per l’abolizione delle prigioni private.
Sia la Geo che la Cca sono state contattate ma non hanno risposto alla nostra richiesta di un’intervista.
Qualche giorno fa, il 9 novembre, Grassroots Leadership ha ricevuto una lettera dal centro di detenzione per migranti T. Don Hutto a Taylor, in Texas. Una detenuta, Laura Monterrosa, ha scritto per denunciare un abuso sessuale subito da parte di due guardie. Il centro di detenzione in questione, che porta il nome del fondatore della Cca, è già stato al centro di scandali negli anni scorsi quando alcune guardie sono state accusate, e giudicate colpevoli, di violenza sessuale. Secondo l’organizzazione Grassroots Leadership, tra il 2010 e il 2016, il dipartimento di Homeland Security, l’agenzia che gestisce i centri di detenzione per migranti, ha indagato meno dell’un per cento delle 30mila denunce di abusi fisici e sessuali. Ora spetta allo sceriffo della contea di Williamson, Robert Chody, decidere se indagare sul caso di Monterrosa. Read more about Quando il carcere è un affare privato

Dec 13, 2017
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Spectrum

FBI INVESTIGATING AFTER DETAINEE CLAIMS GUARD SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER

"TAYLOR, Texas – The FBI is now stepping into investigate the case of woman who reported being sexually assaulted at a Central Texas immigrant detention center.

According to the advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, the woman claims a female guard at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center repeatedly touched her breasts and legs without consent.

The FBI said they are opening a civil rights investigation into the case of Laura Monterrosa. While victims of sexual assault are usually not named, Monterrosa is publicly sharing her story to encourage other victims to speak out.

'I was harassed every time I was around her, but I was scared of saying anything for fear that doing so may negatively impact my case,' the inmate told Claudia Muñoz of the immigration rights group, Grassroots Leadership. 'After other guards noticed the harassment, they encouraged me to file a report, but nothing happened to the guard and I was transferred in retaliation."' Read more about FBI INVESTIGATING AFTER DETAINEE CLAIMS GUARD SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER

Dec 13, 2017
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Univision 45 Houston

FBI investigará denuncias de acoso sexual a indocumentada en un centro de detención de ICE

El testimonio de Laura Monterrosa, una salvadoreña recluida en un centro penitenciario para mujeres inmigrantes en Texas, se conoció en octubre. Hasta ahora, según una organización de derechos civiles, ni las autoridades locales ni ICE han intervenido y la presunta agresora sigue en su cargo. Read more about FBI investigará denuncias de acoso sexual a indocumentada en un centro de detención de ICE

Dec 13, 2017
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Washington Post

FBI to examine alleged sexual abuse of detained immigrant

"SAN ANTONIO — The FBI says it will investigate allegations from a woman held in a Central Texas immigrant detention center who says a guard sexually assaulted her.

The bureau said Tuesday that it opened a civil rights investigation regarding the case of Laura Monterrosa, a detainee at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center.

According to advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, Monterrosa said a guard repeatedly touched her breasts and legs without consent. The group says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and facility operator CoreCivic didn’t respond to her complaints." Read more about FBI to examine alleged sexual abuse of detained immigrant

Dec 13, 2017
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AP

FBI examinará presunto abuso sexual a inmigrante

El FBI investigará las acusaciones de una inmigrante detenida en Texas que dice que un guardia abusó sexualmente de ella, informó la agencia el martes.

El FBI dijo que abrió una investigación de derechos civiles con relación al caso de Laura Monterrosa, detenida en el Centro Residencial T. Don Hutto.

Según el grupo activista Grassroots Leadership, Monterrosa dijo que un guardia tocó varias veces sus senos y sus piernas sin su consentimiento. El grupo dice que el Servicio de Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) y el operador de las instalaciones, CoreCivic, no respondieron a las quejas que presentó Monterrosa. Read more about FBI examinará presunto abuso sexual a inmigrante

Dec 12, 2017
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Rewire

FBI Intervenes After Sexual Assault Allegations at Texas Immigrant Detention Center

“Laura wants justice and so far, it’s been delayed and denied,” Carson said. “What is happening to Laura is endemic of detention centers and almost impossible to completely eliminate unless we eliminate detention centers. A woman who spoke at Laura’s press conference was detained at Hutto seven years ago and said she saw inappropriate behavior from guards that was sexual in nature. There has been a trail of these incidents and most of them go unreported and this is why: they don’t get investigated and the women who come forward are shamed or transferred or otherwise punished. This is an extremely pervasive problem.” Read more about FBI Intervenes After Sexual Assault Allegations at Texas Immigrant Detention Center

Nov 15, 2017
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Univision

Inmigrante detenida denuncia abuso sexual: "Pensaba que si ella no tocaba mi cuerpo me iban a deportar".

Laura Monterrosa asegura que una de las guardias del centro de detención T. Don Hutto, en Taylor, Texas, la obligó a tener una relación bajo amenazas. Activistas piden que el sheriff del condado realice una "investigación transparente". Read more about Inmigrante detenida denuncia abuso sexual: "Pensaba que si ella no tocaba mi cuerpo me iban a deportar".

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