Deaths at Adult Detention Centers

Continually updated list of press releases issued by ICE since December of 2015 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.


July 26, 2018

Augustina Ramirez-Arreola, a 62-year-old Mexican national was pronounced dead on July 26, 2018, by medical staff at the Alvarado Hospital in La Mesa, California, while in the custody of ICE. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of death. The preliminary cause was identified by hospital staff as complications from surgery. Ms. Ramirez-Arreola had been transferred to the hospital from ICE's Otay Mesa Detention Center earlier in the day for a scheduled surgery to treat a heart abnormality.

ICE press release: ICE Detainee Passes Away


July 12, 2018

Efrain De La Rosa, 40, a Mexican national, was pronounced dead at Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert, Georgia, at 11:29 p.m. Stewart facility staff conducting scheduled monitoring discovered Mr. De La Rosa unresponsive in his cell at approximately 10:38 p.m. Facility staff and medical personnel immediately began to perform CPR and contacted Stewart County Emergency Medical Services, which arrived at the facility at 10:48 p.m. The preliminary cause of death appears to be self-inflicted strangulation; however, the case is currently under investigation.

ICE press release: ICE Detainee Passes Away at Georgia Hospital


June 16, 2018

Huy Chi Tran, 47, a Vietnamese national, was transferred to ICE custody on May 25, 2018, and transferred to the Eloy Detention Center on May 28, 2018, pending removal to Vietnam. Mr. Tran was found unresponsive on June 5, 2018, and local paramedics transported him to the Banner Casa Grande Medical Center. He was declared deceased on June 12, 2018; an autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of death.

ICE press release: ICE Detainee Passes Away at the Eloy Detention Facility


June 8, 2018

Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion, 34, a Eritrean national in transit to his home country, was being held by Egyptian authorities as he awaited removal to Asmara, Eritrea. Egyptian authorities later notified ICE that they found him deceased in a shower area. Egyptian officials later transported the remains to Heliopolis Hospital.

ICE press release: ICE Detainee Passes Away in Transit to Home Country


May 25, 2018

Roxana Hernandez, 33, a Honduran woman, entered ICE custody on May 13 in San Diego. Two days later, ERO San Diego transferred her to ERO El Paso, and on May 16 Hernandez arrived at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, where she was housed in the transgender unit. Medical staff pronounced her deceased May 25 at 3:32 a.m. (MDT), and identified the preliminary cause of death as cardiac arrest. On May 9, 2018, Hernandez was processed as an expedited removal when she applied for admission at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California. Advocacy groups identified the deceased’s first name as Roxana.

ICE press release: ICE Detainee from Honduras Passes Away in New Mexico Hospital


May 21, 2018

Ronald Cruz, a 39-year-old Honduran national, died May 16, 2018, at the Valley Baptist Medical Center. Mr. Cruz was arrested on May 9, 2018, for unauthorized entry into the United States and transferred to ICE’s Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC) on May 14, 2018. He was transferred to Valley Baptist Medical Center’s intensive care unit on May 16, 2018, where medical staff pronounced him deceased later that day. The preliminary cause of death was identified as cardiac arrest.

ICE press release: South Texas ICE Detainee from Honduras Passes Away in Local Hospital


April 12, 2018

Gourgen Mirimanian, 54, an Armenian national, died April 10, 2018, at the Texas Health Huguley Hospital. He entered ICE custody at the Prairieland Detention Center (PDC) in Alvarado, Texas, on February 6, 2018. On December 12, 2017, ICE deportation officers encountered Mr. Mirimanian at a Bureau of Prisons facility in Fort Worth, and lodged an immigration detainer on him. On February 6, 2018, the Bureau of Prisons released Mirimanian to ICE custody.

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


February 21, 2018

Luis Ramirez-Marcano, 59, a Cuban national, was transported February 17, to KRMC when ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) medical personnel at the Krome Detention Center determined he should be taken to an emergency room for treatment after complaints of abdominal pain. He passed away the afternoon of February 19. Mr. Ramirez-Marcano had been in ICE custody since January 12 pending his removal to Cuba.

ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami


January 31, 2018

Yulio Castro-Garrido, 33, a Cuban national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) died Tuesday night at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Yulio Castro-Garrido, 33, was transported Jan. 7 to Southwest Regional Medical Center (SWRMC) in Cuthbert, Ga. after ICE Health Service Corps (ISHC) medical personnel at the Stewart Detention Center (SDC) in Lumpkin, Ga. diagnosed him with pneumonia. Mr. Castro entered ICE custody on Nov. 24, following his transfer from the D. Ray James Federal Correctional Institute in Folkston, Ga. Castro was convicted Dec 8, 2016 of conspiracy to transport and move an undocumented alien within the United States by means of transportation and sentenced to a year and one day of confinement and three years of supervised probation. An immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review ordered Castro to be removed to Cuba Jan. 4; Mr. Castro waived his right to appeal.

ICE press release: ICE detainee passes away


December 4, 2017

Kamyar Samimi, 64, entered ICE custody at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility (ACDF) on November 17, 2017. ACDF personnel contacted emergency medical services (EMS) when Samimi fell ill on December 2, 2017. After EMS arrived, he became unresponsive and EMS began CPR and transported Samimi to University of Colorado Medical Center (UCMC) in Aurora, Colorado, where he was pronounced dead by UCMC medical staff at 12:02 pm, with the preliminary cause of death being cardiac arrest.

ICE press release: Denver-area ICE Detainee Passes Away at Local Hospital


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.