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LGBTQ Organizations to Commemorate Roxsana Hernandez


Anna Castro, press@transgenderlawcenter.org, 619.228.5332

Emilio Vicente, emilio@familiatqlm.org, 919.200.8239

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, May 23rd, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (Familia), Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP), and Transgender Law Center along with other national LGBTQ organizations will hold a press conference to commemorate Roxsana Hernandez.  


On May 25, 2019, it will be one year since Roxsana, a trans woman and asylum-seeker from Honduras, died while in U.S. immigration enforcement custody. Since her death, the organizations gathered have pushed for #JusticeforRoxsana, with Transgender Law Center and the Law Office of R. Andrew Free pursuing legal relief on behalf of Roxsana’s family and Familia and BLMP supporting community organizing efforts across the country calling for an end to detention for LGBTQ migrants. 


In remembrance of Roxsana, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement members in seven cities will organize events as part of their week of action May 27 to June 2 to demand accountability from the different agencies that played a potential role in her death. 


The press conference will take place after a congressional briefing on centering LGBTQ migrants within the immigrant rights narrative. 


Speakers Include: 

  • Jennicet Gutierrez, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement 
  • Sharita Gruberg, Center for American Progress 
  • Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign 
  • Sasha Buchert, Lambda Legal
  • Mateo De La Torre, National Center for Transgender Equality 


WHAT: a press conference to remember Roxsana Hernandez and to call attention to the abuse of transgender and queer immigrants in detention


WHEN: Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10:30 am


WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

The Murrow Room