Transwoman who Died in ICE Custody was Physically Abused, Autopsy Reports

An autopsy report released this week states that the body of Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez, a transgender migrant in ICE custody, shows signs of “physical assault and abuse.” Hernandez Rodriguez died in ICE custody in May and the autopsy shows she had “deep bruises” and “contusions” from “blows and/or kicks and possible strikes with a blunt object” while in custody. The report also shows that Hernandez Rodriguez was HIV positive and died from dehydration that was exacerbated by her HIV status. Lynly Egyes, the director of litigation at the Transgender Law Center, stated that “people need to know she died of dehydration. People need to know that her death was preventable.” The Transgender Law Center, as well as other allied groups, is planning to file a wrongful death suit against ICE on behalf of Hernandez Rodriguez’s family. When Hernandez Rodriguez was placed into ICE custody, they placed her in “iceboxes,” or cold cells, with lights on 24 hours a day. She was not provided with adequate food or medical care before being transferred to a transgender unit at the Cibola County Correctional Center. She was immediately admitted to the hospital after her first day because of severe vomiting and diarrhea. She […]

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