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May 31, 2018

Jackie Yodashkin, Public Affairs Director, Immigration Equality
jyodashkin@immigrationequality.org / 917-620-4502

Immigration Equality Statement on the Death of Roxsana Hernandez in Immigration and Customs Enforcement Custody

Aaron C. Morris, Executive Director of Immigration Equality said:

“For far too long, transgender women have suffered brutal violence, rape, abuse, and mistreatment at the hands of the U.S. government in immigration detention. Last week, Roxsana Hernandez lost her life due to what appears to be extreme neglect by the U.S. government. Enough is enough. No one fleeing violence and persecution should have to worry that they will be met with the same at the U.S. border. Immigration and Customs Enforcement clearly cannot detain transgender women safely, and therefore should not detain transgender women at all. No more transgender women should have to endure violence and the risk of death just to seek asylum in the U.S.”


Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Our legal team has won asylum for more than 1000 LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants while maintaining a 99% success rate.