ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The family of a Honduran transgender migrant who died while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is threatening to sue, claiming the woman did not receive adequate medical care and was physically abused.
The Transgender Law Center and attorney Andrew Free released details of an independent autopsy this week that concluded Roxsana Hernandez likely died as the result of severe dehydration complicated by HIV.
The autopsy also noted deep bruising along her ribs that wasn't evident externally and contusions on her back.
Immigration authorities say Hernandez wasn't abused while in their custody.
Hernandez arrived in the United States with other Central American asylum seekers. She was transferred to New Mexico in May after first being taken into custody in California.
She died at an Albuquerque hospital after showing symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and other complications.