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Transgender Honduran Woman Died In ICE Custody, Weeks After Seeking Asylum

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Last night, people gathered at the Metropolitan Courthouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to protest the death of Roxana Hernandez, a transgender undocumented women. Protesters blame immigration officials for the unexpected death of the 33-year-old Honduran woman who attempted to gain asylum just weeks ago.

Hernandez was part of the migrant caravan that traveled by foot from Central America to the U.S. border in April. Many of the women and children, were seeking asylum to escape the violence in their countries. According to BuzzFeed, Hernandez was attempting to flee Honduras because she faced transgender discrimination.   

Hernandez died on May 25 at the Lovelace Medical Center (LMC) in Albuquerque but had been detained on May 13 and held at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, in a transgender unit.

According to a statement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Hernandez was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV.

“Later in the day she was transferred via air ambulance to LMC, where she remained in the intensive care unit until her passing. LMC medical staff pronounced her deceased May 25 at 3:32 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, and identified the preliminary cause of death as cardiac arrest,” according to a statement.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the organization that assists migrants during their mission to the U.S. border, said in a Facebook post that immigration officials denied Hernandez medical care, and that she had been suffering for days.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras alleges that Hernandez “was processed and held for 5 days in the dreaded ‘icebox’ — holding cells with extremely low temperatures — in U.S. Customs & Border Protection suffering cold, lack of adequate food or medical care, with the lights on 24 hours a day, under lock & key. During her first week in the United States Roxy’s body and spirit quickly deteriorated. Once she was transferred to the immigrant prison in Cibola immigration authorities finally recognized (despite her having been in government custody for over a week) that she needed medical attention.”

According to a statement released by ICE, an agency spokesperson claims that they followed protocol and have contacted her next of kin. Hernandez is the sixth ICE detainee to die since Oct. 1, 2017. The release continues stating that Hernandez attempted to enter the U.S. illegally twice, once in 2005 and another in 2009. On Jan. 23, 2014, she illegally re-entered the country a third time, and was arrested, processed and removed March 11, 2014.

“Roxy died due to medical negligence by U.S. immigration authorities,” Pueblo Sin Fronteras stated on Facebook. “In other words, she was murdered, much like Claudia Gómez González was murdered by a Border Patrol agent’s bullet less than a week ago. Roxy died in the country she had sought to start a new life in, she died for being a transgender woman, a migrant who was treated neither with respect nor with dignity.”


READ: Here’s What Customs And Border Protection Is Now Saying About The Death Of An Undocumented Woman In Texas

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Here's What Venezuelan Actress Daniela Alvarado Has To Say About The Economic Crisis In Her Country

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Here’s What Venezuelan Actress Daniela Alvarado Has To Say About The Economic Crisis In Her Country

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Daniela Alvarado, the actress who was the face of Jane in the original Venezuelan telenovela of “Juana la virgen,” which inspired “Jane the Virgin,” has opened up about how the ongoing crisis in her home county has affected her day-to-day life.

Daniela Alvarado is best known for her role as Juana in “Juana la Virgen.”

The Venezuelan telenovela would later inspired The CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” Even the Villanueva family in “Jane the Virgin” is a Venezuelan family.

Despite some of her social media posts, Alvarado wants her fans to know that the crisis is impacting the famous as well.

In an exclusive interview with Venezuelan news site Version Final, the 36-year-old actress provides details on how the ongoing crisis in Venezuela has ‘denigrated the status of the Venezuelan artist.’

The actress has used her social media presence to help friends find medicine during the economic turmoil in Venezuela.

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Alvarado told Version Final that she has had difficulty finding pills for her parents’ hypertension, as well as the medicine for treating her own hyperinsulinemia, and has even had to re-sell a bag of arepa corn meal on the black market to make ends meet.

She doesn’t hold back from showing her fans her low points because of the crisis.

“There have been times in my life, in my career, where I haven’t had anything to eat,” she told Version Final. “I have been working. I remember a particular point where I was in such a bad economic place that I had to sell a lot of things in order to put food on the table.”

In an attempt to make a living during this time, Alvardo has turned to social media promotions.

A quick skim through her Instagram page shows she has been doing social media marketing for products including meal delivery services and beauty products.

When asked about the Venezuelan opposition, the actress was frank in her comments.

“I think it’s filth. You have to be conscious of your actions, with what you say and what you do. Principles should not be compromised,” Alvardo told the news outlet. “I don’t care who is governing. What I care about is that this crap moves forward. [I want] to work in peace.”

When it comes to her own life, Alvarado is indeed trying to work and move forward in her own career, touring recently with her one-woman play “Hecha en Venezuela.”

She has no current plans to emigrate to another country and plans to stick it out in Venezuela as long as she can.

“I’ll leave the day I want to leave, not because someone is kicking me out of my country,” Alvarado told Version Final.

Read her full interview with Version Final here.


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