ICE

Feb 26, 2018
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AP

US Reps: ICE Should Review Sexual Abuse Cases In Detention

"More than 40 congressmen have signed a letter calling on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to investigate its handling of sexual assault reports in its detention facilities.

The letter released Monday is based on the case of Laura Monterrosa, a detainee at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Central Texas. The FBI is investigating her allegation that a female guard assaulted her.

U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro and Lloyd Doggett, both Democrats, wrote that they were concerned about the 'prevalence of reports of sexual assault and abuse' in Texas immigration facilities.

The advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, which is working with Monterrosa, says detention center employees are pressuring her to recant her allegations. ICE says it 'fully respects the rights of all people to voice their opinion without interference.”' Read more about US Reps: ICE Should Review Sexual Abuse Cases In Detention

Feb 26, 2018
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KURV

Congressmen Call On ICE To Investigate Sex Abuse In Its Detention Facilities

"More than 45 congressmen have signed a letter calling for an investigation into how ICE handles sexual assault reports in its detention centers.

The letter references the case of Laura Monterrosa, a detainee at the T. Don Hutto Center in Central Texas who claims she was sexually assaulted by a female guard.

The immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership is also accusing detention center employees of pressuring Monterrosa to recant her claims." Read more about Congressmen Call On ICE To Investigate Sex Abuse In Its Detention Facilities

Feb 23, 2018
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Austin American-Statesman

Lawsuit: Taylor facility forces detainees to work for little or no pay

"A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday argues that a company that manages immigrant detention centers — including the T. Don Hutto Center in Taylor — is violating the federal Trafficking Victims and Protection Act by forcing labor on those in the center.

...The T. Don Hutto center has been in the spotlight recently after Austin-based activist group Grassroots Leadership said it received letters from three women accusing guards at the detention center of sexual misconduct. One of those women is Laura Monterrosa, who has said she was sexually assaulted by a female guard." Read more about Lawsuit: Taylor facility forces detainees to work for little or no pay

Feb 23, 2018
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Austin American-Statesman

Austin council members request visit with woman in letter to ICE

"The council members also said in the letter that continued detention would be harmful to Monterrosa’s health.

Monterrosa has tried to kill herself and was placed in solitary confinement for 60 hours in early February because she was suicidal, according to the immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership. Monterrosa also was told that if she didn’t recant her allegations of being sexually assaulted by a guard at the facility, she would be put back in solitary confinement, said Bethany Carson, a researcher for Grassroots Leadership.

The letter from the Austin City Council members asked ICE to release Monterrosa from the detention center and said an Austin nonprofit group is willing to support her." Read more about Austin council members request visit with woman in letter to ICE

More than 45 Congressional Representatives Call for Investigation Into Sexual Abuse at T. Don Hutto Immigrant Detention Center

AUSTIN — Today, more than 45 Congressional representatives, led by Representative Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro from Texas, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, calling for an investigation into the treatment of sexual abuse allegations at Texas detention centers and an expedited audit to assess compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center. Read more about More than 45 Congressional Representatives Call for Investigation Into Sexual Abuse at T. Don Hutto Immigrant Detention Center

Feb 21, 2018
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Patriot Not Partisan

Suffering in Silence: Sexual Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers

"On Wednesday, Feb. 14, a group of about 50 people gathered outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, to protest the isolation of one Laura Monterrosa, a young asylum seeker who has been convicted of no crimes. Though her solitary confinement was temporary, her story is far from over, and it is part of a larger pattern of abuse and silencing to which activists are hoping to draw attention." Read more about Suffering in Silence: Sexual Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers

Feb 20, 2018
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Austin American-Statesman

Austin City Council member not allowed to visit woman in detention

"Bethany Carson, a researcher for the advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, said at the commissioners meeting that if Monterrosa killed herself in detention it would signal a wrongful death lawsuit that could cost the county 'millions of dollars.'

'The county is liable for these abuses happening to Laura and we do not want taxpayer money spent that way,' Carson said." Read more about Austin City Council member not allowed to visit woman in detention

Feb 20, 2018
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The Week

End ICE

"In fact, as usual with this thundering law-and-order administration, ICE is also lousy with criminals. Its top lawyer in Seattle has been charged with stealing seven immigrants' identities. The agency typically stuffs the people they round up into hellish dungeons where sexual assault is rampant. One asylum seeker, Laura Monterrosa, who alleges she was repeatedly raped by her jailers in an ICE facility, said she was tortured with solitary confinement over speaking up. She was told she would not be released until she recanted her testimony.

Let's just get rid of this rotten organization." Read more about End ICE

Feb 15, 2018
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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." Read more about Activistas denuncian que inmigrante fue enviada a aislamiento, ICE dice que no

Feb 15, 2018
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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." Read more about Indocumentada acusa de violación a agente de centro para inmigrantes

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