ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The death of a transgender woman four days after she was released from a New Mexico Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center has led to an outcry from immigrant advocates.
Johana Medina Leon, a 25-year-old nurse from El Salvador, died in an El Paso hospital Saturday. She was transported from the Otero County Processing Center on Tuesday after complaining of chest pains and had asked for an HIV test, which was positive, according to ICE.
The migrant from El Salvador asked for asylum at an official port of entry in El Paso on April 11 and was locked up until a few days before her death on June 1. She passed a credible fear interview on May 18, the first step in the asylum process, and was released the day she became deathly ill and was hospitalized.