"We know that there are thousands of men and women who are sexually abused in detention every single year and that usually, that results in less than 1 percent conviction rate and investigation rate for all of the cases. So for us, it's not just about Laura, it's about the larger systemic issue of sexual abuse and abuse of power that happens inside of detention centers," says Claudia Munoz, immigration programs director, Grassroots Leadership. Read more about Protest outside T. Don Hutto Residential Center
"And in Texas, supporters of 23-year-old asylum seeker Laura Monterrosa say she was put in solitary confinement for 60 hours at the T. Don Hutto detention center outside Austin in order to pressure her to recant her allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a guard. ICE says Monterrosa was under “medical observation.” But she later made a strange call to her lawyer from an unusual phone number. Grassroots Leadership shared a recording with Democracy Now!
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Laura Monterrosa: “I wanted to call you, because I wanted to tell you that everything I had said was false, and I was forced to tell you that, because, if not, they were going to lock me again in that room, and I didn’t want to be locked again in that room.”
"After accusing a T. Don Hutto detention center guard of sexual abuse, immigrant detainee Laura Monterrosa was held in solitary confinement for 60 hours last weekend as an act of retaliation by ICE, according to advocacy group Grassroots Leadership, who say Monterrosa was told she would not be released until she publicly stated no sexual abuse occurred.
Since Monterrosa’s revelation last November, ICE and for-profit detention center managers CoreCivic have increased punishment tactics with discipline and verbal aggression. Monterrosa attempted to take her own life by ingesting 51 pain pills left on Jan. 11. 'I feel very desperate because I tried to report the abuse from ICE and facility officials, but they continue to psychologically abuse me through intimidation,' she said last month. 'I do not feel safe or secure. I am not receiving the medical treatment or help I need.' Last week, an ICE official identified as “Soto” demanded she call Grassroots’ Bethany Carson and tell her she would no longer work with them; and that if she did not recant her story of sexual abuse to the media, she would face solitary confinement indefinitely, the organization claims." Read more about ICE Retaliates Against Hutto Detainee?
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. Read more about El Centro de Detención T. Don Hutto enfrenta acusaciones de abuso en sus instalaciones
"According to an immigrant rights group, an incarcerated immigrant woman, Laura Monterrosa-Flores, who was allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted by a guard in a Texas detention center, was put into solitary confinement last week when she refused to recant her complaint." Read more about Woman Detained By ICE Sexually Abused By Guard, Put In Solitary Confinement
WHAT: Visitors line up to show support for Laura Monterrosa at Hutto Detention Center
WHEN: Wednesday, February 14 at 11 AM
WHERE: Hutto Detention Center, 1001 Welch Street, Taylor, TX 76574 Read more about Victim of Sexual Abuse at Hutto Detention Center Forced Into Solitary Confinement, ICE Demands Laura Recant Testimony
"Conditions for people in detention are only expected to worsen under the Trump administration. What is the solution to this rampant abuse, which is reminiscent of 19th-century prisons?
Solidarity. Organization. Fightback. As women march across the U.S. and around the world, the issue of women and trans people in prisons and ICE detentions must be front and center on our agenda.
Free them all and jail the oppressors— that’s the solution.
To support Laura Monterrosa’s case, visit grassrootsleadership.org." Read more about Women in ICE detention attempt suicide
"Laura Monterrosa, una mujer de El Salvador que ha permanecido en detención en el centro T. Don Hutto desde mayo, intentó quitarse la vida el 11 de enero, de acuerdo al grupo con base en Austin en pro de la defensa de los inmigrantes Grassroots Leadership.
'Me siento muy desesperada porque traté de reportar el abuso a los oficiales de ICE y de las instalaciones, pero continúan abusando de mí psicológicamente a través de la intimidación', dijo Monterrosa en un comunicado publicado el lunes 15 por la organización Grassroots Leadership. 'No me siento segura. No estoy recibiendo el tratamiento médico o la ayuda que necesito'." Read more about Inmigrante detenida que alega haber sido asaltada intenta suicidarse
"Sofia Casini, the immigration programmes coordinator at Grassroots Leadership, told The Independent that guards were called into Ms Monterrosa’s cell shortly after she took the pills, but did not assist her. Instead, Ms Monterrosa took herself to the medical centre hours later, after talking on the phone with Grassroots staff.
'This case is heart-wrenching,' Claudia Muñoz, immigration programmes 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.'" Read more about Immigrant woman attempts suicide after reporting allegations of sexual abuse at Texas detention centre