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Hutto News Round-up

There have been a host of news stories and web pieces on CCA's Hutto detention center and the legal and political advocacy around the facility in the past week. Here's a quick breakdown of a few of them:

Seeking Asylum: University of Texas website features UT Law Clinic

I received several emails yesterday pointing me to the front page of the University of Texas' website, which features a story on the UT Immigration Law Clinic's efforts to defend immigrant families at Hutto and the Clinic's involvement in the lawsuit for improved conditions at the prison, which was eventually settled by ICE. Kudos to Professor Barbara Hines and all the law students for their diligent work for a more just immigration process.

Advocates File Complaint Over Separation of 8 Year-Old from Mother at Hutto

AP reporter Annabelle Garay reports that lawyers at the University of Texas Immigration Clinic have filed complaints with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties over the 4 day separation of an a 8 year-old girl from her mother. The girl was cared for by CCA guards and ICE staff while her mother was shipped to another detention center. UT lawyers have also filed a complaint with Texas Department of Protective Services, as Hutto's exemption from child care licensing depends on parents beind held with their children at all times.

Williamson County Approves Hutto Changes in Wake of Lawsuit

KLBJ is reporting that Williamson County Commissioners have authorized changes at the facility stemming from the lawsuit brought but the ACLU and others and settled by ICE in August. According to the story, Williamson County has approved changes including "greater access to recreational spaces in and around the facility, meals will have greater variety, rocking chairs will be made available, and better mattresses will be provided." As we've reported, Williamson County debated, but eventually rejected, a measure to end their contract with CCA over liability concerns after an "inappropriate sexual relationship" between a CCA guard and a detainee.

UT Law Students Deliver Toys to Hutto

On Sunday, the Austin American-Statesman featured an article about UT law students delivering some 500 toys and 200 books to children detained at Hutto.

The next Hutto vigil is scheduled for this Sunday. The T. Don Hutto blog has more information.

 

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