AAS: Asylum-seeker released from detention center, says group

A Salvadoran woman seeking asylum who has said that a guard groped her inside a Williamson County immigration detention facility has been released, a group supporting her said Saturday.

U.S. Reps. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, and Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, wrote to immigration officials last month asking them to “direct an investigation of ICE’s handling of sexual assault cases in Texas immigration detention facilities.”

In total, 44 other members of Congress co-signed the letter, according to Doggett’s office.

“For months we’ve been seeking justice for Laura. But this welcome progress is about more than one individual,” Doggett said in a statement Saturday. “Deporting her would not only have prematurely rejected her asylum claim but also would have impaired an ongoing FBI civil rights investigation.”

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