MONDAY: Demand Justice for Rolando Meza Espinosa

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Rolando died in ICE custody June 10

Join us Monday night at 6 PM to bear witness for the needless death of Rolando Meza Espinosa, who received inadequate medical care while detained at the Hudson County Correctional Facility and died in ICE custody.

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Mistaken for another undocumented immigrant, Mr. Meza Espinosa was taken from a job site, and died of “internal bleeding and hemorrhagic shock” from pre-existing conditions that went untreated while in custody.

Even after death, ICE didn’t properly identify Mr. Meza Espinosa, providing in their News Release (PDF) the wrong name of the deceased.

Although Mr. Meza Espinosa was in ICE custody, Hudson County is responsible for the care and wellbeing of all inmates of the Facility.  Article III(1) of the 1996 Intergovernmental Service Agreement with Hudson County (PDF) sets forth that “[t]he Contractor will provide housing, safekeeping, subsistence and other services for INS[*] detainee(s) within its facility (or facilities) consistent with the types and levels of services and programs routinely afforded its own population…. The Contractor agrees to provide INS detainees with the same levels and types of medical services and care as are provided its own facility population.”

This is yet another sad example of the deplorable and inhumane conditions at Hudson County Correctional Facility, and of ICE’s blatant disregard for civil rights and the constitution. Hudson County leadership must bring justice to Rolando’s family, end their relationship with ICE, bring truly independent oversight and transparency of these incidents, and finally answer to longtime requests from advocates.

All people of conscience are encouraged to show up with their hearts, feet, and voices on Monday June 26 at 6 PM, to demand accountability from our elected officials.

Sponsored by:
ACLU of NJ
American Friends Service Committee
Bronx Defenders
Faith in NJ
First Friends of NY/NJ
Hudson Civic Action
Legal Aid Society
Make the Road NJ
New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice

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