Transgender Woman Dies While In Custody

According to an autopsy report on Monday, a transgender woman died after several days of severe dehydration as well as physical abuse. She was in custody of ICE or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez, a 33-year-old trans woman from Honduras, dies nine days after being transferred to a unit for transgender woman May 25th. She was at Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico. The facility operates under a contract by CoreCivic, which is the second largest private prison company in the U.S.

According to forensic pathologist Kris Sperry, the woman developed severe diarrhea and vomiting while in custody. After a while, she was finally admitted to a hospital in Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her condition did not change, and she was there till her death.

Transgender Woman Dies

Ms. Hernández Rodriguez was only in Cibola for one day before having to receive treatment at a local hospital for her sickness. The autopsy concluded that the cause of death for the young woman was due to severe complications of dehydration superimposed upon HIV infection. The HIV made her more susceptible to the effects that come with severe dehydration.

Sperry says that other detainees who around Ms. Hernández Rodriguez saw her having fits of diarrhea and vomiting for days. They no one came to evaluate her or treat her until it was too late.

Sperry’s report goes on to say that there was evidence of physical abuse to Hernández Rodriguez’s body. She says there was deep bruising on her hands and midsection. They were evidence of blunt-force trauma that comes from blows, and/or kicks, and possible strikes with a blunt object. On an accompanying diagram, illustrations were showing thin bruises along the back side of Ms. Hernández Rodriguez’ as well as her sides. There were also extensive hemorrhaging on Hernández Rodriguez’s right and left wrists.