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Trial for woman arrested at ICE jail protest delayed

January 8, 2020 GMT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a Rhode Island woman arrested at a protest over a Massachusetts jail’s housing of immigrant detainees has been postponed.

The activist group FANG Collective said a New Bedford District Court judge on Tuesday pushed the trial of Sherrie Andre to late February.

The trial had been slated to start Tuesday and the organization had organized a rally outside the courthouse in support of Andre.

Andre faces up to 30 days in jail for trespassing and disturbing the peace at the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth in August 2018.

Andre was arrested after members of the FANG Collective, which she co-founded, blocked the jail’s entrance to show support for a hunger strike inside the jail by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.

They also opposed Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson’s support of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

The Republican sheriff has offered to send detainees to help build Trump’s border wall with Mexico as his jail is one of the few in New England that houses ICE detainees.

Andre was among several people arrested at the 2018 protest, but only she has opted to go to trial.

Two others were sentenced to 10 days in prison as part of a plea deal. Another paid a $3,000 fine.