"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
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"'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
“'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
"There are thousands of cases of alleged abuse at immigrant detention centers—and an FBI investigation into abuse claims at a Texas facility. One advocacy group says detained immigrants must be included in reform efforts." Read more about Immigration Advocates: Immigrant Detainees Must Be Included in the #MeToo Conversation
"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
"A month after a woman detained in the T. Don Hutto immigration detention center in Williamson County alleged that a guard sexually assaulted her, the FBI is officially investigating the complaint, according to the Associated Press. According to immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, Laura Monterrosa said a guard repeatedly touched her breasts and legs without consent at the women’s federal detention facility. The group says Monterrosa’s complaints were ignored by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and by facility operator CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America. After Monterrosa first alleged the sexual assault in November, two more women said they were sexually assaulted by guards at the facility. As of last week, Monterrosa was still being held at the detention center." Read more about Disturbing Allegations
"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
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
"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
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