sexual assault

Apr 13, 2018
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Austin American-Statesman

GIVING CITY: $750,000 in funding cut for immigrant legal assistance

"The effective elimination of the legal orientation program further isolates people already living in geographically remote detention centers, a situation that concerns Bob Libal, executive director of Grassroots Leadership.

'Further restricting access to these facilities and isolating people in detention does grave harm to the interest of justice and to individuals,' he said. He said Grassroots Leadership’s regular visits to detainees at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor led to an FBI investigation of sexual assault claims at the center." [node:read-more:link]

Apr 2, 2018
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The Nation

‘A Border Control Official Sexually Abused Me’

"Earlier this month, Salvadoran immigrant Laura Monterrosa was finally released from detention in Texas after publicly accusing a female guard of sexually assaulting her. In 2010, a Guatemalan woman reported surviving an attempted rape by a Corrections Corporation of America guard named Donald Dunn. (The company has been renamed CoreCivic.) The complaint spiraled into a massive sexual-abuse scandal as a slew of other women came forward, and Dunn was jailed after pleading guilty to assault charges." [node:read-more:link]

Mar 26, 2018
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We are Mitú

Salvadoran Woman Who Risked Deportation After Revealing Sexual Abuse In Detention Center Is Free

"Monterrosa pleaded for a united front on behalf of the women at T. Don Hutto.  According to Grassroots Leadership, less than 1 percentof sexual allegations made within immigrant detention centers are investigated.

'I know that by all of us working together we can achieve triumph,' Monterrosa said. 'I know the women there are watching me. I want to tell them to keep on fighting and moving forward and not allow anybody to violate their human rights. Everyone, regardless of where they came from, deserves to have their rights respected.”' [node:read-more:link]

Mar 19, 2018
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Rewire News

‘A Huge Victory’: Woman Who Alleged Assault by Guard Finally Released From Detention

"Laura Monterrosa was released from detention Friday evening after a months-long campaign by the advocacy organization Grassroots Leadership, culminating with a letter to the Department of Homeland Security signed by more than 45 Congressional representatives calling for an investigation into sexual abuse allegations at Texas detention centers. The members of Congress demanded an expedited audit to assess Hutto’s compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. 

Getting released from detention has been a long road for Monterrosa, who Grassroots Leadership says is 'adjusting to her new environment and recovering from the trauma she has experienced.'" [node:read-more:link]

Mar 17, 2018
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Univision

Liberan a inmigrante que denunció ser acosada por guardia en centro de detención de ICE

"A pesar de enfrentarse a represalias internas, incluyendo el confinamiento solitario, Laura demostró una valentía increíble al alzar la voz para contar su historia", dijo en un comunicado Claudia Muñoz, directora de programas de inmigración de Grassroots Leadership, el grupo que lideró la campaña para liderar a Monterrosa. "Esta es una gran victoria para Laura, para todas las mujeres que se han organizado y alzado la voz, y para la comunidad que salió a apoyarla". [node:read-more:link]

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