Shackled Immigrant to Receive Settlement in Nashville

Shackled Immigrant to Receive Settlement in Nashville

"A detained Mexican woman who had been shackled to her hospital bed while giving birth in Nashville will receive $490,000 in a settlement and also has the prospect of a resident visa.  The monetary settlement, which was approved on Tuesday by the council governing Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., closes 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.  And in an unusual move, 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.  His finding created a new legal basis for the victims’ visa, said Elliott Ozment, a lawyer who represented Ms. Villegas." - Julia Preston, New York Times, Oct. 18, 2013.