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 8, 2018

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." [node:read-more:link]

Jan 8, 2018
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." [node:read-more:link]

We demand the immediate release of Laura Monterrosa, victim of sexual abuse at the Hutto Detention Center

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Yesterday, two women joined Laura Monterrosa in speaking out about sexual abuse at the Don T. Hutto Detention Center.  One of the women, Ana*,  said that she filed a report against the guard who harassed and in return, she was moved to Laredo as an act of retaliation.  Both, Laura and Ana’s abusers are still employed at Hutto and as a result, Laura is facing increased retaliation and alienation from CoreCivic officials. Laura’s decision to speak out could have a major impact for all women detained at Hutto, but for that to happen she needs your help.

TAKE ACTION: “I demand that Laura is released immediately, she is a victim and should not be punished for speaking out!”

Ayer, dos mujeres se unieron a Laura Monterrosa para hablar sobre el abuso sexual en el Centro de Detención Don T. Hutto. Una de las mujeres, Ana *, dijo que presentó un informe contra el guardia que hostigaba y, a cambio, la trasladaron a Laredo como un acto de represalia. Ambos, los abusadores de Laura y Ana todavía están empleados en Hutto y como resultado, Laura enfrenta una mayor represalia y alienación por parte de los funcionarios de CoreCivic. La decisión de Laura de hablar abiertamente podría tener un gran impacto para todas las mujeres detenidas en Hutto, pero para que eso suceda necesita su ayuda.

ACTÚE: "Exijo que Laura sea liberada inmediatamente, ¡ella es una víctima y no debería ser castigada por hablar!" [node:read-more:link]

Nov 16, 2017

Woman Held at Private Immigrant Detention Center Alleges Sexual Assault by Guard

"Twenty-three year old Laura Monterrosa is currently detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility operated by CoreCivic, a major private prison company that was once known as Corrections Corporation of America. Hutto holds roughly 500 women, nearly all of whom were detained after fleeing violence in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States.

... According to Grassroots Leadership, Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies interviewed Monterrosa about these claims with ICE officials present. 'Despite bravely recounting her experiences to the deputies, she was treated like she was the suspect,' they wrote. 'Throughout the interview, [Monterrosa] was treated with suspicion, disrespect, and deputies dismissed her testimony.'

The group noted law enforcement was made aware of two witnesses to her assault, which means they can 'start their investigation immediately, if they are truly interested in justice for [Monterrosa].'" [node:read-more:link]

Nov 9, 2017
The Independent

Asylum seeker in private immigration prison writes plea for help as she accuses guard of repeated sexual assault

"'In this place, we don’t have rights, only duties,' the woman, whose identity is being withheld by The Independent for privacy concerns, wrote in a letter to Grassroots Leadership, an immigration advocacy group in Austin. 'We are not criminals, we only want to protect our lives, we can’t stand any more torture or threats.'

'She was really scared that the guard would have some sort of influence over her case, and the guard made threats toward her saying the nobody would believe her if she said anything about it,' Claudia Munoz, the immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership in Austin, said." [node:read-more:link]

Nov 9, 2017

Sexual Abuse Claims Emerge From Hutto Immigrant Detention Site

"Officials at Austin-based Grassroots Leadership, an immigrant advocate group, said Thursday they recently received a letter from inside the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention center in Taylor, Texas, from Laura Monterrosa, a 23-year-old immigrant being held at the facility by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials given her undocumented status.

In the correspondence, the detained immigrant describes a pattern of sexual assault at the facility that she has endured since June, naming two different guards as perpetrators. The detained woman referenced an alleged assault by a female guard.

'She harassed me, telling me threatening words and forcing me to have unwanted relations with he,' writes Monterrosa in her letter. 'She looked for or took advantage of every moment she could to touch my breasts or my legs, she knew where and when she did it. I don't remember dates because there are many. She worked in the recreation area and what she did with me what she did with other residents.

Monterrosa initially broke her silence to a member of Grassroots Leadership's visitation program, officials at the nonprofit told Patch. She claimed another woman in detention was accused of lying and moved to a different location after making a sexual assault complaint as part of an alleged pattern of abuse and retaliation inside the detention center, Grassroots officials said." [node:read-more:link]


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