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Community members call on Williamson County Commissioners to intervene for Laura Monterrosa’s immediate release from Hutto Detention Center

WHAT: Testimony at Commissioners Court
WHO: Community members who have visited with Laura
WHEN:   9:30 a.m., Tuesday February 20
WHERE: Williamson County Commissioners Court, 710 S Main St, Georgetown TX 78626

AUSTIN — Tomorrow community members will testify to request the intervention of Williamson County Commissioners Court on the case of Laura Monterrosa, an immigrant woman detained at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center. Read more about Community members call on Williamson County Commissioners to intervene for Laura Monterrosa’s immediate release from Hutto Detention Center

Laura Monterrosa’s mental health dangerously declines in detention

AUSTIN — Laura Monterrosa’s mental and physical health continue to decline dangerously after she was driven to attempt suicide inside detention in early January. Monterrosa has spent nearly 9 months in the T. Don Hutto Detention Center where she has spoken out about being sexually assaulted by a guard. Her mental health has continuously deteriorated under intimidation by officials at the detention center and she remains suicidal. Read more about Laura Monterrosa’s mental health dangerously declines in detention

Nov 9, 2017
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Patch

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." Read more about Sexual Abuse Claims Emerge From Hutto Immigrant Detention Site

Diabetic woman detained at Hutto in urgent need of emergency care for improper treatment: Attorney’s request for medical release was denied this morning

(Austin, Texas) —  Yesterday Austin advocates launched a campaign demanding the release of Brenda Menjivar Guardado, a young woman from El Salvador who is experiencing serious symptoms related to improper treatment of diabetes by medical staff at the Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas. Read more about Diabetic woman detained at Hutto in urgent need of emergency care for improper treatment: Attorney’s request for medical release was denied this morning

Aug 22, 2016
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Ahora Sí

Activistas denuncian nocivo traslado de inmigrantes detenidas en Texas

El traslado de más de medio centenar de inmigrantes indocumentadas recluidas en un centro de detención del centro de Texas a otro en Laredo está siendo severamente cuestionado por grupos pro inmigrantes de Austin.

Los activistas dicen que la medida, llevada a cabo el 27 de junio, afecta negativamente a las internas, la mayoría inmigrantes centroamericanas que buscan asilo político o que están apelando sus órdenes de deportación, ya que las aleja de sus familias y de un adecuado asesoramiento legal, lo cual puede derivar en que pierdan sus casos en las cortes, dijo Bethany Carson, investigadora de política migratoria de la organización Grassroots Leadership.

“Esto interrumpió muchos de los casos de asilo de las mujeres”, dijo Carson, quien agregó que muchas de ellas ya habían pasado una entrevista de miedo creíble, la cual es un primer paso muy importante para lograr obtener el asilo político en el país, un proceso que ha sido puesto en peligro por la acción que ordenó el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de los Estados Unidos (ICE).

“ICE debería estar liberándolas en lugar de estarlas transfiriendo a distintos centros de detención”, indicó Carson. Read more about Activistas denuncian nocivo traslado de inmigrantes detenidas en Texas

Jul 9, 2015
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¡Ahora Sí!

Visitas alivian y llevan esperanza a indocumentadas detenidas

"Durante los últimos cinco años el programa de visitas Hutto Visitation Program ha buscado aliviar en parte el sufrimiento que viven las detenidas, al conectarlas con voluntarios de Austin.

La iniciativa es ejecutada por Grassroots Leadership, una organización que apoya causas relacionadas con justicia social, inmigración y activismo ciudadano, y les ofrecen amistad y les llevan esperanza mientras están confinadas.

Moncada vivía ansiosa, frustrada y, como muchas de las más de 500 mujeres que alberga el centro de detención T. Don Hutto, no sabía por cuánto tiempo debía pasar encerrada por su delito: entrar a Estados Unidos ilegalmente para no morir a manos del padre de sus hijos, aseguró. Su situación mejoró cuando conoció a Rocío Villalobos, una joven voluntaria del programa.

Para mujeres como Moncada, conocer a las voluntarias les da a las detenidas fuerza para seguir luchando por sus casos de inmigración y conseguir así un estatus legal, según sus organizadores y participantes." Read more about Visitas alivian y llevan esperanza a indocumentadas detenidas

Jul 30, 2014
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International Business Times

Migrant Family Detentions On The Rise, And Private Companies Stand To Profit

... Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership, an advocacy organization that has campaigned against family detention and the for-profit prison industry, said the government would likely be eager to keep contracting family detention centers to private companies.

“It’s an easy solution for the government because there are private prison corporations that have excess capacity, particularly today, with declining state prison populations,” he said. “And it’s about influence -- private prison corporations are enormously powerful, particularly in immigration.” Libal noted that Julie Myers Wood, former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is a member of GEO Group’s board of directors, and that David Venturella, former head of the "Secure Communities" enforcement program, is now a GEO Group senior vice president ....  Read more about Migrant Family Detentions On The Rise, And Private Companies Stand To Profit

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