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Whether it’s bonding out a mother so she can be reunited with her child, supporting a hunger strike leader facing solitary confinement, or setting a sexual assault survivor free from her abusive guard’s reach, there are moments of crisis so severe we need to respond instantly. This is one of them. [node:read-more:link]

BREAKING: Laura Monterrosa released from immigrant detention center in Texas

Community members line up to visit Laura Monterrosa at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas, on February 14, 2018.

AUSTIN — Laura Monterrosa was released from detention Friday evening.  Her release is the result of a months long campaign that drew support from around the country.

“Despite facing retaliation inside, including solitary confinement, Laura showed incredible courage in speaking out to tell her story,” said Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership.  “This is a huge victory for Laura, for all the women who have organized and spoken out, and for the community that came to their support.” [node:read-more:link]

Feb 20, 2018

WilCo group demands action from county commissioners on sex assault investigation

"Grassroots Leadership members said the county is liable for the abuses that are happening to Monterrosa and should intercede with ICE for her release.

'The county is a party to the contract, along with ICE and CoreCivic for the T. Don Hutto Detention Center,' Grassroots Leadership member Bethany Carson said. 'They are liable for any abuses that happens as a party to the contract."' [node:read-more:link]

Feb 15, 2018
Mundo Hispánico

Activistas denuncian que inmigrante fue enviada a aislamiento, ICE dice que no

"Laura Monterrosa, inmigrante que denunció abuso sexual por guardias del centro de detención T. Don Hutto, en Austin, Texas, fue puesta en confinamiento solitario, según una organización que está siguiendo el caso.

De acuerdo con Bethany Carson, investigadora y organizadora de inmigración de Grassroots Leadership, el 12 de febrero, después de pasar el fin de semana en aislamiento, Monterrosa, fue amenazada con ser regresada al encierro si no retiraba la denuncia hecha contra la seguridad del lugar y que se hiciera pública la nueva versión." [node:read-more:link]

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]


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