Friday, October 18, 2013

Settlement for a Shackled Pregnant Woman

Julia Preston of the N.Y. Times continues her excellent immigration reporting with this story about a detained Mexican woman who had been shackled to her hospital bed while giving birth in Nashville.  She will receive $490,000 in a settlement and also has the prospect of a resident visa. The settlement ends a five-year legal battle that began when the woman, Juana Villegas, was arrested in July 2008 after a traffic stop in a Nashville suburb. A federal judge has urged immigration authorities to give Ms. Villegas a special visa that is generally offered to crime victims. The judge said the visa was in order because of the violation of Ms. Villegas’s civil rights.


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