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A transgender woman died this month in her native El Salvador shortly after being deported from the U.S., according to the Salvadoran trans advocacy group Asociación Aspidh Arcoiris Trans (ASPIDH).
The woman, Camila Díaz Córdova, 31, joined one of the migrant caravans heading from Central America to the U.S. last year to escape violent threats, Mónica Linares, director of ASPIDH, told NBC News. Linares, who said she had known Díaz Córdova for 10 years, stated that the threats were frequent and dated back to at least 2014, when Díaz Córdova first filed a report with El Salvador’s National Civil Police.
The article goes on to state the following:
Díaz Córdova, who Linares said petitioned for asylum while in the U.S., was deported back to El Salvador four to five months ago, though Linares was unaware of the specific deportation circumstances. Díaz Córdova’s friend Virginia, a member of ASPIDH, reported her missing in late January. On Jan. 31, ASPIDH discovered she had been admitted to Rosales National Hospital in San Salvador following an attack, and she died on Feb. 3, as first reported by The Washington Blade.
“Camila’s death makes the transgender community in El Salvador feel insecure,” Linares told NBC News. “There’s a failure of protection in El Salvador and a failure of protection in the United States. Camila had a lot of evidence, and she still was not given asylum.”
A transgender woman died this month in her native El Salvador shortly after being deported from the U.S., according to the Salvadoran transgender advocacy group Asociación Aspidh Arcoiris Trans (ASPIDH). https://t.co/uWpsszyD8y
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 22, 2019
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