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CHC Chair Reaction to Death of Transgender Immigrant Women in ICE Custody

May 31, 2018
Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in reaction to reports that a transgender woman died while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
 
The recent report of the death of a transgender woman in ICE’s custody is extremely troubling and raises more concerns about the agency’s ability to ensure the safety and well-being of people in their custody.”
 
“People seeking refuge and asylum from violence and discrimination should be protected from further trauma while in immigration proceedings and detention. Yet an analysis by the Center for American Progress reveals a pattern of LGBTQ immigrants being held in detention for long periods of time, in unsafe conditions, and at a far greater risk of sexual violence than the general population.
 
“This matter must be investigated immediately and ICE must act quickly to ensure that all people in detention, including their LGBTQ population, have the adequate medical care and attention they need. They must also ensure that they are enforcing the standards, guidance, and rules put in place to keep immigrants safe.”
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.