Apparently,* the Los Angeles Daily Journal is reporting that a trans woman named Victoria Arellano died July 20 in San Pedro, California, after being denied AIDS medication and improperly treated for AIDS-related infections at an immigration detention facility. The report says that Arellano (who was detained in a men's facility) is one of 62 people to have died in federal immigration custody since 2004 and describes systemic problems with health-care delivery in detention centers nationwide, with detained immigrants having little to no legal recourse.
*I say "apparently" because I have only seen this article cut and pasted in the body of an e-mail I received via an immigrant-solidarity-network e-mail list and on a few other blogs (none of which I'm familiar with, all of which I found only when I Googled Arellano's name in search of more information about the case). Online subscriptions to the Daily Journal are prohibitively expensive, and few (or no?) other media outlets seem to have picked up the story. Journalistic integrity keeps me from posting without that "apparently" until I've seen the story in more "reliable" sources, yet I'm immediately thinking of a line Irina Contreras wrote in her article "Speaking Silence", forthcoming in the next issue of make/shift, in reference to alleged immigration raids on Los Angeles public transit that went mostly unreported in the media because reporters couldn't tell whether the story was fast-spreading urban legend or the truth: "Once again, catastrophe was lurking and my main source of information was a Listserv."