Deaths at Adult Detention Centers

Continually updated list of press releases issued by ICE so far in 2017 announcing deaths in adult immigration detention. An American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Detention Watch Network, and National Immigrant Justice Center report found that violations of medical standards played a prominent role in eight deaths in immigration detention facilities from 2010 to 2012.


September 18, 2017

Felipe Almazan-Ruiz, 51, entered ICE custody in Miami, Florida, on July 12, 2017. On September 8, Almazan-Ruiz was transferred from the Glades County (Florida) Detention Center to the IAH Secure Adult Detention Center in Livingston, Texas, due to an evacuation from Hurricane Irma.

On September 12, Almazan-Ruiz was initially treated by medical staff at the IAH Secure Adult Detention Center and transported to the Livingston Memorial hospital emergency room for treatment of cirrhosis of the liver. He was later transferred and admitted to the Conroe Regional Medical Center because of the high volume activity and limited bed-space at the Livingston Memorial hospital. He died about 5:15 a.m. (CDT) on September 17.

ICE press release: Houston-area detainee passes away at local hospital


September 5, 2017

Osvadis Montesino-Cabrera, 37, a Cuban national, died at Larkin Community Hospital one week after he was found unresponsive in his hospital shower after a self-inflicted strangulation attempt. Mr. Montesino-Cabrera is the 11th detainee to pass away in ICE custody in FY2017.

ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away at Larkin Community Hospital


June 12, 2017

Carlos Mejia-Bonilla, 44, a Salvadorian national in the custody of ICE passed away from internal bleeding and hemorrhagic shock. On June 8, 2017, he was admitted to the Jersey City Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit due to gastrointestinal bleeding. On June 10, 2017, Mr. Mejia died due to complications resulting from his condition.

ICE press release: New York-area ICE detainee passes away


June 2, 2017

Vicente Caceres-Maradiaga, 46, a Honduran national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, collapsed while playing soccer at the Adelanto Detention Facility in California. He passed away a short time later while in an ambulance as he was being transported to Victorville hospital.

ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away en route to Victorville hospital


May 17, 2017

Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, 58, an Indian national who was briefly in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Atlanta City Detention Center for two days died Tuesday afternoon at an Atlanta hospital. The preliminary cause of death has been ruled to be complications from congestive heart failure.

ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away at Atlanta hospital


May 15, 2017

Jean Jimenez-Joseph, 27, a Panamanian national in the custody of ICE died Monday at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, GA, he was found unresponsive in his cell at the Stewart Detention Facility in Lumpkin, GA.

ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away at Georgia hospital


April 14, 2017

Sergio Alonso Lopez, 55, passed away at Victor Valley Global Medical Center in Victorville, CA, due to internal bleeding.

ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away in Victorville medical center


March 28, 2017

Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba, 32, a Nicaraguan national, passed away at Victor Valley Global Medical Center in Victorville, CA, six days after he attempted to commit suicide.

ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away in Victorville medical center


March 14, 2017

Roger Rayson, 47, a Jamaican national in the custody of ICE died Monday at Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. The cause of death is believed to be cardiac arrest.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away in Louisiana hospital


November 28, 2016

Raquel Calderon de Hildago, 36, from Guatemala, was pronounced dead by hospital personnel at 11:17 a.m. following a series of seizures. Medical staff at the Eloy Detention Center called paramedics after Calderon suffered a seizure. Database checks indicate she had no criminal history in the United States.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away at Arizona hospital

Wenceslau Esmerio Campos, 49, had been detained at the South Texas Detention Complex, in Pearsall, Texas. On November 23, 2016, at 6:43 p.m. the ICE Health Service Corps notified ICE officials that Campos would be taken to the Frio Regional Hospital in Pearsall, Texas, for medical evaluation due to chest pains. On November 25, at 8:55 a.m., Campos was pronounced dead by Methodist Hospital officials. On October 23, 2016, Campos illegally reentered the United Sates near Hidalgo, Texas, where he was arrested by CBP Border Patrol agents. He was turned over to ICE and taken to the South Texas Detention Complex where he remained until he became ill and passed away.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away at South Texas hospital


October 26, 2016

Olubunmi Toyin Joshua, 54, from the United Kingdom, who had been detained at the Rolling Plains Detention Center in Haskell, Texas, died at Haskell Hospital in West Texas.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away at a West Texas hospital


September 28, 2016

Moises Tino-Lopez, 23, from Guatemala, died at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away in Nebraska hospital


July 29, 2016

Santo Carela, 60, from the Dominican Republic died at Orange Regional Medical Center in New York.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away in New York hospital


June 14, 2016

Luis Alonso Fino Martinez, 54, from Honduras, was taken from the Essex County Detention Facility to University Hospital via ambulance June 13. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away in New Jersey hospital


June 2, 2016

Juan Luis Boch-Paniagua, 36, from Guatemala died at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson, Louisiana.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away in Louisiana hospital


May 3, 2016

Igor Zyazin, 46, from Russia died at Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, CA.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away at San Diego-area detention facility


May 2, 2016

Jose Leonardo Lemus Rajo, 23, from El Salvador died at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, Florida.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away at Miami hospital


April 8, 2016

Rafael Barcenas-Padilla, 50, from Mexico died at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away at Texas hospital


March 18, 2016

Thongchay Saengsiri, 65, from Laos died at LaSalle General Hospital in Jena, Louisiana.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away after suffering heart attack


January 25, 2016

Saul Enrique Banegas-Guzman, 46, from Honduras died at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.
ICE press release: ICE detainee dies at Louisiana hospital


December 24, 2015

Jose Manuel Azurida-Hernandez, 54, from Guatemala died at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, California.
ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away after suffering heart attack

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 16050900.