Roxsana Hernandez, the transgender who died last May in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a detention center in New Mexico, died of dehydration and after receiving several blows, revealed the autopsy, local media reported today.
According to the report of forensic pathologist Kris Sperry, published on Monday, the cause of death was probably due to “serious complications of dehydration superimposed on HIV infection”, which made it susceptible to the physiological effects of untreated dehydration.
“According to the observations of other detainees who were with Hernández Rodríguez, episodes of diarrhea and vomiting persisted for several days without medical evaluation or treatment, until she was seriously ill,” Sperry wrote.
This autopsy, the second performed in the body of Hernandez, also found evidence of “deep bruises” on the hands and abdomen, evidence of forceful force, “indicative of blows or kicks, and possible attack with blunt objects.”
The 33-year-old Honduran woman died on May 25, nine days after being transferred to a unit dedicated to transgender women at the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, which is operated under contract by CoreCivic, the second largest company in the country. largest private prisons in the United States.
Days before, on May 9, the woman had reached the US border. to ask for asylum, after between 2005 and 2009 he entered the country illegally twice and was deported.
Her case gained notoriety as she was one of the members of the so-called caravan of migrants who arrived in the United States. last spring
In a statement to report his death, ICE indicated last May that the woman was admitted to a hospital with “symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV”, but did not mention anything about the blows.
“We are disappointed in the death of Roxsana, as well as all the deaths that happen inside the detention centers, he was a person who suffered so much to reach the United States fleeing violence, and he dies here because of abuse, that breaks us e heart, “Carlos García, director of the Puente group in Arizona, told Efe today.
The activist and transgender woman Karyna Jaramillo considered that detention centers are the “deadliest places” for this LGBT community and described as “outrageous” that people continue to die in these facilities.
“When I was detained in 2015 I lived it, they do not have medication, they do not give you a glass of water, if you have a chronic illness they do not take care of you, it is terrible the mistreatment and the lack of education to treat us,” Jaramillo told Efe about his period of detention in the center of Eloy, Arizona.
Andrew Free, a lawyer representing his family, told local media that a diagram illustrates the bruises along Hernandez’s back and sides, as well as extensive bleeding on the right and left wrists, which Sperry found were “typical” of the use of handcuffs.
Several LGTB organizations filed a lawsuit Monday in the Federal Court in California to “raise their voices” and demand justice and protection for transgender women, Garcia said.