Hunger Strike in T. Don Hutto Detention Center

Written by - Anjulie Palta

In October of 2015, at least 27 women began a hunger strike at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center to protest the conditions of their ongoing incarceration. An advocacy group, Grassroots Leadership, published 17 letters written by detained women expressing fears of imminent danger if forced to return to Central America, complaints about food, medical care, harsh treatment by officials, and long-term detention with no end in sight. The protest at Hutto, which grew considerably throughout November, is one among several detainee protests nation-wide. Detainees are tired of being treated like violent criminals, and demand that the public address and evaluate their human rights.