Lawyers said the footage could be key evidence revealing the events leading to the death of Roxana Hernandez, 33, of Honduras, who died on May 25, 2018 in New Mexico from AIDS complications.
On Wednesday, the Transgender Law Center and Attorney Andrew Fried released an email exchange between officials indicating that surveillance footage was not retained by the Cibola County Correctional Center, a private detention facility in ICE where Hernandez was being held. less than a day before she was hospitalized.
"The requested video is no longer available. The frames are stored in memory for up to 90 days. They tried to find it and it was negative, "replies an ICE employee based in Albuquerque.
They also brought a case in New Mexico in Wednesday against CoreCivic, the private company that operates the Cibola facility, asking a judge to compel the company to release video and other recordings of the case.
"They were notified to maintain any video surveillance and it appears they may not have they did it, "it says in a statement "We have filed a claim because we have reason to believe that they may refuse more evidence. The public has a right to know what happened to people who died in the U.S. government's arrest, and CoreCivic is not above the law. "
ICE declined to comment on the video or emails, citing its policy against pending judicial comment. ICE said Hernandez "received all possible medical care" during her detention at the agency.
CoreCivic stated that video footage was not retained because the company had not received notice that Hernandez's family was considering legal action. case by November
So far, go Amanda Gilchrist's teller told CNN "any digital image that might exist has long been overwritten."
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One key finding at legal cost tur: Hernandez is not going to get the HIV medication she needs.
"Roxana needed medical care and was nevertheless released to be deprived of her liberty. Many times throughout her days in the application of immigration detention, the people she had been detained prayed to receive medical attention. help, "said a statement from Lynly Egyes, legal director of the legal center. "It is clear from these records that if immigration enforcement believes that their only duty is to transfer people to immigration prisons, they will do so. As a result, the consequences for those who are ill or who fall ill during their care can be fatal. "
In a statement released by ICE, the Deputy Medical Director of ICE Health Service Corps stated that hospitals do not usually begin HIV treatment on a patient who has been diagnosed with significant medical problems.
HIV treatment requires a number of laboratory tests to determine which medicines may be most effective for the patient after consulting a healthcare professional familiar with HIV care. Hernandez has been in transit for most of his short time with ICE, said Capt. Philip Farabo. "When she arrived in Cibola, such an assessment could not have been made for such a short period of time before her transfer to the hospital."
Nine days later, she died at Lovelas Medical Center in Albuquerque.
Gilchrist says in a statement that Hernandez was detained in Sibola for only 12 hours.
"Roxana Hernandez came to the Sibola County Correctional Facility in May 2018 seriously ill," Gilchrist said. "When she arrived, she underwent an admission process that included a medical evaluation. The medical team decided she needed to be transported to an outside hospital immediately."
The Geneva Sands of CNN and Emanuela Greenberg contributed to this report.