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"Abuse" found by Trans-woman independent autopsy who died in the ICE prison



By Brooke Sopelsa and Tim Fitzsimons

Roxsana Hernandez, a 33-year-old transgender woman from Honduras, died in May just weeks after she filed for asylum had the US border. Now, half a year later, an independent autopsy report found that she suffered "physical abuse" prior to her death.

Dr. Kris Sperry, a forensic pathologist from Georgia, noted that Hernandez was "deeply hurt" by the chest wall and "deep bruises that stretch on the back." Sperry also noted that Hernandez's wrists had bruises that " typical of handcuff injuries are "the preliminary cause of death as cardiac arrest," adding that this finding threatened an autopsy by the New Mexico office for medical examination. This autopsy report has not been published.

Roxsana Hernandez, on the right, a transgender woman who was part of the caravan of Central American migrants, died on May 25, 2018 in an ICE prison in Albuquerque, New Mexico. [19659007AnnieRoseRamos

The Transgender Law Center, a non-profit civil rights group that has assigned Sperry with the conduct of the autopsy, and Andrew Free, a civil rights advocate commissioned by the Hernandez family, said Monday in a statement that Hernandez died of dehydration complications in the Related to HIV-positive.

"Her death was completely avoidable," they said.


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