Speaking of basement children ...
- I've been following this story for awhile,
sensing its importance, and see it's getting
more and more attention, which is good.
This article is on the front page of the
July issue of the Dallas Peace Times,
published by the Dallas Peace Center,
Article posted at http://dallas.craigslist.org/vnn/355484859.html
Hutto Vigil X - No Child Left Behind Bars!
Reply to: beth.freed@...
Date: 2007-06-19, 12:11PM CDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Beth Freed, Children and Families for Humane Treatment Alliance,
Activists Form Coalition to Demand That Children Are No Longer
Incarcerated in Hutto Detention Facility
The Hutto Residential Facility is a privately-run, for-profit prison
that arbitrarily houses children and their parents in violation of
international law. Under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
jurisdiction, the former medium-security prison was contracted to the
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in May 2006.
On any given day, almost 500 people are detained at the prison. Many
of the inmates are refugees who have applied for political asylum.
The ACLU and University of Texas have filed several lawsuits against
Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security and six
officials from I.C.E. on behalf of 17 detained children.
Just a few weeks ago an inmate reported that she had been sexually
abused by a prison guard. Children are treated similarly to criminals
incarcerated after convictions, and they required to wake for
breakfast at 5:30 a.m., and are threatened with separation from their
mothers if they misbehave or play too loudly.
In honor of World Refugee Day, Amnesty International, an
international human rights organization, has partnered with Free the
Children, a network of Texas and national activists, to plan Hutto
Vigil X (ten). See below for event details. Activists are calling for
the closure of Hutto, and that alternative methods be identified to
care for children and their families as they are processed through
the immigration court system.
Children and Families for Humane Treatment Alliance (CAFHTA) is a DFW-
based coalition including LULAC, CAIR-DFW, Muslim Legal Fund of
America (MLFA), the Dallas Peace Center and others. We will be
meeting on Saturday, June 23 in Richardson at 7 a.m. and Irving at
7:30 a.m. to leave on a bus for Taylor.
Participating sponsors in Hutto Vigil X include: Amnesty
International, LULAC National, Texans United For Families (TUFF),
Free the Children Coalition and CAFHTA. Rosa Rosales, President of
LULAC, Elizabeth Kucinich, Jay Johnson-Castro and two former
detainees are lined up to speak, and bands will perform as well. We
would appreciate any media attention on this important national issue
and the local efforts that are organizing to reform it. See below for
Text Box Information:
What: Hutto Vigil X, sponsored by Amnesty International, Free the
When: Saturday, June 23 all day, with the official speakers from 1
p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Hutto "Residential" Facility, 1001 Welch Rd, Taylor, TX, 76574
How to get involved: Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CAFHTA/
Bus Info (For the media, not for publication): The bus pick-up
locations are: Islamic Association of North Texas, 840 Abrams Road in
Richardson at 7 a.m. and the Islamic Center of Irving, 2555 N. Esters
Rd in Irving at 7:30 a.m.
For more information, visit these links:
On the licensing exemption by the Texas Department of Family and
UN denied access:
ACLU brings lawsuit:
Corrections Corporation of America: A Critical Look At Its First
WFAA (Dallas) reports on Hutto:
KXAN (Austin) reports on sexual misconduct:
- Jennifer, you wrote:
>I've been following this story for awhile, sensing its importance,I truly appreciate that you bring this up. They have those private
>and see it's getting more and more attention, which is good.
prisons in Texas on behalf of the INS, where young children are
incarcerated for the "crime" of having parents whose residential
papers are not in order. It's a frightening and traumatic experience
for the kids, they have to sleep apart from their parents, there are
criminals there too, and they get no schooling and nobody to play with.