How a trans woman’s death led to a $20 million claim against ICE | KALW

How a trans woman’s death led to a $20 million claim against ICE

Jun 26, 2019

Johana Medina Leon says she left El Salvador out of fear for her physical safety. She died in ICE custody June 1, 2019.
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Johana Medina Leon’s family says she left El Salvador out of fear for her physical safety. She died of pneumonia about a month after US immigration officials took her into custody. Her family claims Medina was repeatedly denied medical treatment, and a Bay Area attorney just filed a $20 million wrongful death claim on their behalf.