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      Austin woman wins grant for immigrant detainee network*


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      IMMIGRATION
      Austin woman wins grant for immigrant detainee network

      By Juan Castillo
      AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
      Sunday, March 09, 2008

      An Austin advocate for immigrants will receive a grant to build a
      Texas-based network of former immigrant detainees and raise support
      for policies to protect their rights.

      Luissana Santibañez, 24, was among 18 scholars, lawyers, advocates and
      journalists named 2008 Soros Justice Fellows last week by the Open
      Society Institute, founded by billionaire investor and philanthropist
      George Soros. Collectively, they will receive more than $1.1 million
      to support their work to change the criminal justice system.

      "Our goal is providing support and amplifying the voices of former
      detainees and their families in the broader immigration debate," said
      Santibañez, a University of Texas graduate and a community organizer
      with Grassroots Leadership, which advocates abolition of private,
      for-profit prisons. "We believe there hasn't been enough attention
      given to immigration detention."

      As they have ratcheted up immigration enforcement and deportations,
      federal officials have expanded their detention center capacity across
      the country.

      Santibañez's mother, Sergia Santibañez, was deported in 2007. She lost
      her legal residency after being convicted in 2005 for transporting
      friends who were illegal immigrants in her car. Luissana Santibañez
      said her mother didn't know her friends' immigration status.

      After serving four months in prison, Sergia Santibañez was held for 16
      months in a Houston immigrant detention center while fighting her
      immigration case. That left Luissana Santibañez to care for her three
      siblings — who, like her, are U.S. citizens — while simultaneously
      pursuing a history degree at UT.

      Santibañez said she will receive an 18-month grant of $45,000. Since
      1997, the Open Society Institute has offered more than $13 million in
      grants to more than 250 Soros Justice Fellows.

      jcastillo@statesman .com; 445-3635

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