I’ve felt like doing this since November of 2016. That urge has only gotten stronger.
A transgender woman who died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at a privately operated detention center was likely physically abused there, according an autopsy report released Monday, and died after several days of severe, untreated dehydration.
Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez, a 33-year-old transgender woman from Honduras, died on May 25, nine days after being transferred to a dedicated unit for transgender women at the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, which is operated under contract by CoreCivic, the second-largest private prison company in the United States.
CoreCivic, a publicly traded company whose motto is “Better the Public Good,” operates more than 65 prisons and detention facilities in the United States.
Nine days. She was in this country for nine days and died in ICE custody. Making everything worse? She had bruises on her wrists–handcuffs, it appears–and bruises on her abdomen. The chances that she was beaten while in custody are extremely high.
I want to scream. I want to walk outside, throw my head back, and just scream until my voice breaks. Because I don’t have any words for this horror.
Wake me when it’s 2020. Maybe then the nightmare will be over.