Olivia López's story is a troubling counternarrative to the accounts given by officials who describe a Texas family detention center as a safe place where mothers and children can stay during their asylum proceedings.
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Daniel Denvir is a reporter at the Philadelphia City Paper and a contributing writer at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter at @DanielDenvir.