Saturday, December 20th, 3-5 pm, T. Don Hutto Detention Center
Please join Texans United for Families, Grassroots Leadership, WilCo Family Justice Alliance, Border Ambassadors, CodePink Austin, the Brown Berets and other organizations and individuals from across the state in the third annual December vigil to end family detention, Saturday, December 20th, from 3-5pm. Organizers will deliver more than 500 toys to the facility in time for the holiday season. Toys should be in their original packaging and not on a recall-list to be accepted into the facility. A carpool will leave 2604 E. Cesar Chavez in Austin at 2pm for the Hutto detention center.
If you plan to drive on your own, T. Don Hutto is located at 1001 Welch Drive in Taylor, Texas.
For more information, contact Bob at 512-971-0487 or blibal [at] grassrootsleadership [dot] org.
Update! If you are interested in joining a caravan from Houston, contact Maria Elena Castellanos at castellanoslaw1 [at] gmail [dot] com. Folks will be leaving from the parking lot of Fedex Kinko's (Magnum exit, Hwy 290, Houston) at around 10:30. Meet up at 9:30 if you would like to make posters for the vigil.
Update! The Brown Berets are organizing a caravan, to leave from the Cesar Chavez Learning Center,1504 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio. Arrive at 11am to get organized; the caravan will leave at noon. Please contact Carlos De Leon at 210-627-3647 for more information.
Dignity Not Detention Vigil | T. Don Hutto Detention Center | Taylor, TX. | 7pm, Saturday, August 7th, 2010. See post.
What is T Don Hutto?
The T Don Hutto facility held men, women (some pregnant), children, and infants from May 2006 to September 2009. Administered by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country's largest for-profit corrections company, the center now holds around 500 adult women, many of whom are seeking asylum.
The Berks County Family Care Shelter still detains families. We continue to advocate for an end to family detention policy.
ICE champions the facility as a model for "civil" detention, despite patterns of sexual abuse and the continued detention of low-risk noncitizen women.
This blog is dedicated to providing information about Hutto and women's detention issues.
100 Events in 100 Days to End Family Detention
We did it! People like you came together and organized over 100 events to end family detention in Obama's first 100 days. Our online petition has over 55,000 signatures and counting! Our deepest gratitude!
Thanks to your support, ICE ended family detention at Hutto in September of 2009. The facility now holds exclusively women. We continue to advocate for their rights to due process, fair immigration proceedings, and non-penal custody.
Click here for a list of detention facilities across the U.S.
Related Blogs and Links
America's Family Prison a short film chronicling the rise of Hutto and its impact on detainees and the local community
The Least of These a feature-length documentary that follows the implementation of family detention at Hutto, the lawsuit, and protests against the facility. Premiered at Austin's South-by-Southwest Film Festival in March of 2009.
A grassroots effort of pro-migrant, human-rights, and civil-rights bloggers and on-line activists dedicated to the enactment of meaningful immigration reform that is practical, rational, fair, and humane.
Homeland Gitmos Follow an investigation of detainee treatment in American detention centers. An interactive website, complete with videos, detainee testimonies, photos, maps, and more.
Business of Detention an exciting new interactive website examining the link between federal immigration policy and the corporations that are profiting off it Detention Watch Network a national coalition dedicated to tracking immigrant detention issues