Laura Monterrosa

Dec 5, 2017
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Remezcla

Immigration Advocates Demand Answers After Sex Abuse Claims Surface Out of Texas Detention Center

"As people in different industries courageously share their stories, three women are drawing attention to the sexual abuse they have faced at an immigrant detention center in Texas. In a letter to immigration advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, Laura Monterrosa, a 23-year-old from El Salvador, detailed the abuse she endured at T. Don Hutto Residential Center. Immigration advocates in Austin are demanding answers from law enforcement about the allegations." Read more about Immigration Advocates Demand Answers After Sex Abuse Claims Surface Out of Texas Detention Center

Dec 4, 2017
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The Patch

Chody Blasted For Inaction On Detention Site Sexual Abuse Claims

"On Monday morning, advocates gathered outside his office to denounce his agency's failure to conduct an investigation after outcries of sexual assault from the Hutto detention center where women have filed formal complaints. The gathering comprised community members, volunteers with Grassroots Leadership's Hutto Visitation Program, and immigrant advocates concerned by sexual assault in detention, according to organizers.

[...] 'Laura has a whole community behind her asking for release because we know that women who are victims of sexual abuse should be believed, not retaliated against,' Claudia Muñoz, immigration programs director at Grassroots Leadership said." Read more about Chody Blasted For Inaction On Detention Site Sexual Abuse Claims

Dec 4, 2017
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KXAN

After sex abuse claims at T. Don Hutto detention facility, advocates want answers

"Grassroots Leadership, which works to end prison profiteering and reduce reliance on detention, claims the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has jurisdiction over the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, but failed to act after a sexual abuse allegation by detainee Laura Monterrosa. Last month, Monterrosa spoke out, saying a guard at the facility had been abusing her since June." Read more about After sex abuse claims at T. Don Hutto detention facility, advocates want answers

Dec 4, 2017
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KVUE

WilCo group seeking answers from sheriff's office on sex assault investigation

"Laura Monterrosa first spoke out Nov. 9, according to Grassroots Leadership. She said a guard sexually abused her.

'Since the day that I talked to investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and gave them all of my evidence I have not heard anything back from them,' she said in a press release from Grassroots Leadership. 'I expected Williamson County to treat the investigation differently than ICE, but up until now, they’re acting the same. I am still here inside detention and the guard still works here. I need justice.'

'She told us that there was a guard in there who was making sexual harassment comments to her,' Grassroots Leadership spokesperson Claudia Munoz said. 'He was just saying inappropriate things like we'll be together when you get out of here and he'd touch her legs and breasts when she was in the recreation center in very strategic areas where there were no cameras."' Read more about WilCo group seeking answers from sheriff's office on sex assault investigation

Dec 4, 2017
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Spectrum

FBI Investigating Detention Center Sexual Misconduct Claims

"Claudia Muñoz with the immigration rights advocacy group, Grassroots Leadership, says she has heard from several women who claim sexual misconduct by guards.

'We see an agency that is reckless, where there is no accountability,' she said. 'When there is an agency that can actually have accountability for them like Williamson County, they chose not to act and they take (ICE's) side."' Read more about FBI Investigating Detention Center Sexual Misconduct Claims

Dec 4, 2017
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Telemundo

Acusan de abuso sexual a personal del Centro de Detención de ICE en Hutto

Este lunes decenas de personas junto a activistas pro inmigrantes le exigieron respuestas al Alguacil del Condado Williamson, Robert Chody alegando que su oficina no ha tomado las riendas de la investigación en torno a las alegaciones de abuso sexual en el Centro de Detención T. Don Hutto en Taylor.

“Queremos saber cuál es el plan para proteger a las mujeres detenidas en Hutto y, en general, a todas las mujeres ya que ellos tienen la jurisdicción local de actuar”, indicó Claudia Muñoz, Directora de los Programas de Protección a los Inmigrantes de Grassroots Leadership. Read more about Acusan de abuso sexual a personal del Centro de Detención de ICE en Hutto

After Williamson County fails to investigate and ICE is caught lying, Laura Monterrosa prompts FBI investigation of sexual abuse in detention

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(GEORGETOWN, Texas) — At a press conference on Monday morning, advocates spoke outside Williamson County Sheriff's Office to denounce the agency’s failure to conduct an investigation of sexual assault complaints filed by women detained at Hutto Detention Center. Read more about After Williamson County fails to investigate and ICE is caught lying, Laura Monterrosa prompts FBI investigation of sexual abuse in detention

Nov 22, 2017
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Spectrum

More Women Accuse Guards of Sexual Misconduct

"Two more women have accused guards at a Williamson County federal immigration detention center of sexual misconduct following another immigrant detainee’s recent accusation of being sexually assaulted at the Taylor facility.

'I want to be clear it's very much a jail,' said Claudia Muñoz of the immigration rights group, Grassroots Leadership." Read more about More Women Accuse Guards of Sexual Misconduct

Nov 21, 2017
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Austin American-Statesman

Two more women accuse guard of sexual misconduct at immigration lockup

"Two more women have accused guards at a Williamson County federal immigration detention center of sexual misconduct following another immigrant detainee’s recent accusation of being sexually assaulted at the Taylor facility.

The immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership on Tuesday announced that staff had spoken with one woman, accused of living in the country illegally and formerly housed at the T. Don Hutto detention center for women, who said a guard there had sexually harassed her.

The organization identified the woman only as Ana because she fears retaliation for speaking out. Ana told the organization that a female guard at the privately-operated facility repeatedly asked her about her sexuality, told her they were going to be together one day, and stared at her inappropriately in the facility’s recreational area." Read more about Two more women accuse guard of sexual misconduct at immigration lockup

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