Scroll To Top
Crime

Trans Woman Killed After Being Deported From U.S. to El Salvador

Camila

Before she was murdered, U.S. officials denied her asylum.

Nbroverman

A trans woman named Camila (and alternately, Aurora) was killed in her native El Salvador after being deported from the United States, reports the Washington Blade.

Camila was part of a migrant caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S. late last year. Camila told American officials she was threatened in her home of El Salvador, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Transgender people are often targeted for violence in the small country; another trans woman, Lolita, was killed just this month, according to the Blade.

[RELATED: The Motley Crew of LGTBQ Activists Fighting for Migrants]

"[Camila] migrated to the U.S. because of threats that she had received, but she was deported because they didn't believe her," LGBTQ advocate Aislinn Odaly's told the Blade.

After returning to El Salvador, Camila went missing in late January. The Salvadoran trans rights organization Asociacion Aspidh Arcoiris Trans discovered she was admitted to a San Salvador hospital on January 31, and died on February 3. Camila's injuries and cause of death are not clear.

El Salvador has a hate crimes law that ostensibly adds enhanced penalties for violence committed against LGBTQ people, but neither Camila nor Lolita's deaths have been categorized as bias-motivated crimes.

There are over 100 transgender people currently in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Roxsana Hernandez -- a 33-year-old, HIV-positive transgender woman from Honduras -- died after being housed at the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico. Activists said Hernandez died of preventable causes, but a spokesperson said those reports are "false."

Nbroverman
Advocate Channel - The Pride StoreOut / Advocate Magazine - Jonathan Groff and Wayne Brady

From our Sponsors

Most Popular

Latest Stories

Neal Broverman

Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.