WHAT: Visit and press conference
WHO: Austin City Council Member Greg Casar
WHEN: 4pm City Council Member Casar will visit Laura Monterrosa
4:30 Press conference outside the detention center
WHERE: T. Don Hutto Detention Center, 1001 Welch St. Taylor, Texas
AUSTIN — This afternoon, Austin City Council Member Greg Casar will visit Laura Monterrosa, an immigrant woman who has been detained at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center for 9 months. Ms. Monterrosa has spoken out about her sexual assault by a guard inside the facility and has faced solitary confinement and threats from officials if she does not retract her testimony. She has already made an attempt on her life and remains suicidal.
"Ms. Monterrosa must be released immediately. In Austin, we strive to welcome refugees and asylum seekers, and our nonprofit community has offered to take care of Ms. Monterrosa as part of our family,” said Council Member Casar. “No one should be incarcerated in a private prison. Even worse, Ms. Monterrosa is being detained in this for-profit prison that is being investigated by the FBI because of accusations that guards have sexually abused her and other incarcerated women."
Council Member Casar will address the media following his visit and address threats to human rights posed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s continued detention of Ms. Monterrosa.
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