Laura Monterrosa

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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KVUE

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."' Read more about WilCo group demands action from county commissioners on sex assault investigation

Feb 20, 2018
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Austin American-Statesman

Austin council member denied a visit with asylum-seeker in detention

"Monterrosa, a 23-year-old artist from El Salvador, is seeking asylum in the United States and has been held at the facility for nearly nine months, said Grassroots Leadership, an immigrant advocacy group that also is seeking her release. It said she is fleeing from violence in her country and that a nonprofit group in Austin has agreed to provide her shelter and counseling.

Bethany Carson, a researcher for Grassroots Leadership, said Monterrosa tried to kill herself Jan. 12 after swallowing 50 pills left with her by CoreCivic, which owns and operates the detention center. Monterrosa was then put in solitary confinement for 60 hours this month just days after the FBI interviewed her about her sexual assault allegations, Carson said.

[...] When she was released from solitary confinement, Carson said, a guard told her she would have to recant her allegations or be placed in solitary confinement indefinitely. Monterrosa said she was having suicidal thoughts again this past weekend, Carson said, and is also having medical problems, is vomiting and cannot eat." Read more about Austin council member denied a visit with asylum-seeker in detention

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

Feb 14, 2018
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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." Read more about Ocultan violación a indocumentada con celda de aislamiento

Feb 12, 2018
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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." Read more about The nightmare reality for immigrants across US in 2018

Feb 14, 2018
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Univision

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." Read more about ICE niega haber castigado con aislamiento a una inmigrante que denunció abuso sexual

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