Friday, May 13, 2022
For the Los Angeles Times, Andrea Castillo and Jie Jenny Zou investigate how Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) quickly released sick immigrant detainees, completely avoiding responsibility for their deaths. 25-year-old nurse technician Johana Medina Leon, who fled El Salvador for the violence she faced as a transgender woman, was one of them. "The circumstances surrounding Medina Leon’s release and death were discovered among more than 16,000 pages of documents disclosed as part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by The Times against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking records of abuse at immigration detention centers," Castillo and Zou note. "The documents provide a rare look into one of several known instances in which detainees were discharged on the edge of death, underscoring long-standing complaints from advocates about uncounted deaths of people who have been in ICE custody."