t. don hutto detention center

People from across Texas to converge outside the T. Don Hutto Detention Center for a rally to call on Congress to close the facility and stop three new 10-year ICE detention contracts

WHAT: Rally to demand the closure of the South Texas Detention Complex (in Persall), Houston Processing Center (in Houston) and T. Don Hutto Detention Center as ICE looks to keep the facilities open for another decade
WHO: Fuerza Texas Coalition (Grassroots Leadership, Workers Defense Project, Texas Organizing Project, United We Dream), University of Texas student group People Before Policy, and directly impacted communities and immigrant rights advocates representing organizations from across the state 
WHEN:   Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 PM CST
WHERE: T. Don Hutto Detention Center, 100 S Doak St., Taylor, TX 76574
VISUALS: Banners and posters [node:read-more:link]

Laura Monterrosa speaks out after her release

For time and location information, please RSVP with Cristina Parker, cparker@grassrootsleadership.org.

AUSTIN — Monday Laura Monterrosa will speak to the public following her release from the T. Don Hutto detention center Friday evening, after being detained for approximately 10 months. [node:read-more:link]

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. [node:read-more:link]

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. [node:read-more:link]

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." [node:read-more:link]

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. [node:read-more:link]

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