FLUX and LOUD Condemn ICE for Harsh Treatment of Trans Immigrants; Decry Death of Roxsana Hernández in Custody

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Two AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
affinity groups, FLUX
and LOUD
(Latino Outreach and Understanding Division), have strongly condemned
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for its treatment of
undocumented immigrants in US-funded detention centers, and in
particular as it pertains to gender nonconforming individuals. This
condemnation comes after the latest reported casualty, asylum-seeker Roxsana
, a 33-year old Central American transgender woman of
color, who died while in custody from an apparent heart attack
complicated with dehydration, pneumonia, and other health conditions
related to HIV/AIDS.

Roxsana represents the hundreds and hundreds of trans* people who leave
their country of origin fleeing sexual abuse and attacks which put their
lives in danger. Roxsana was sexually assaulted by gang members in
Honduras where she was also infected with HIV. Activists claim that
Roxsana died because the proper medical care, as required in detention
centers, was denied.

“Transgender women of color face insurmountable barriers in the general
community and it is obvious that they run the same risk while in custody
of a government agency like ICE,” said Queen Victoria Ortega,
Chairperson of FLUX.

Patricia Bermúdez, Co-Chair of LOUD, declared that, “Unless we
raise our voices and organize, our own government will continue to leave
our community vulnerable to discrimination, violence and death.”

Officers of both FLUX and LOUD have issued statements calling for an end
to the inhumane treatment of all detained immigrants, and have made a
call to the general public to integrate trans* people into their
community, businesses, and social networks in order to stop
discrimination against people based on gender identity and expression.
FLUX and LOUD have vowed to intensify their work in defense of this

FLUX is dedicated to raising awareness, increasing visibility, providing
support, and giving voice for trans* and gender nonconforming
individuals. LOUD addresses the social and health disparities that
threaten the Latino community through innovative programmatic,
marketing, and direct-action strategies.

For information on FLUX:
People can keep up to date on FLUX
on the following platforms, visit: www.Transidentity.org
– Instagram: @FLUX_AHF
– Twitter: @flux_ahf
Hashtag: #Flux_AHF

For information on LOUD:
LOUD (Latino Outreach and
Understanding Division), visit: www.somosloud.org


Queen Victoria Ortega
Co-chair of FLUX
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