CIVIC’s Leadership Council members, Rocío Villalobos and Bob Libal, hosted a training for new visitor volunteers yesterday, Monday, October 29th, in Texas. Bob and Rocío coordinate the Hutto Visitation Program, and the training was conducted by Grassroots Leadership, Texans United for Families, and the University of Texas Social Justice Institute.
The T. Don Hutto detention facility in Taylor, Texas, currently detains over 500 immigrant women. You may have heard about Hutto as a family detention facility located close to Austin. Fortunately, the families were released in late 2009, but this for-profit private prison is now filled with immigrant women, most of whom are seeking asylum.
“As community members, we feel the visitation program is a way to show friendship and solidarity with the women detained there, resist the isolation of detention, monitor issues of human rights at Hutto, and refuse a detention system that labels human beings as ‘illegal,'” says Grassroots Leadership.
Most of the women at Hutto are from Central/Latin America. Therefore, the Hutto Visitation Program has a high need for Spanish speakers. However, there also are women from Asia and Africa who would like to receive a visit. To learn more and to become a visitor in Texas, contact Rocio at email@example.com.