A Closer Look At 83 Deaths

Based on confidential medical records and other sources, The Washington Post identified 83 deaths of immigration detainees between March 2003, when the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was created, and March 2008. The Post found that 30 of the deaths were questionable -- roll over the red triangles on the map for their details..

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* QUESTIONABLE DEATHS: In 30 of the cases examined by The Post, action taken -- or not taken -- by the medical staff may have contributed to the deaths, according to medical records, confidential internal reviews, or the assessment of outside physicians who reviewed some cases for The Post.

List of Questionable Deaths in Detention March 2003 to March 2008

Location of Death
Date of Death Age Country of Birth
Luis Dubegel-Paez
Rolling Plains Detention Facility (Tex.)
3/14/08 60 Cuba
Francisco Castaneda
Home after release from Otay Mesa (Calif.)
2/16/08 36 El Salvador
Juan Alejandro Guevara-Lazaro
Thomason Hospital (Tex.)
8/13/07 21 Mexico
Rosa Contreras-Dominquez
El Paso Service Processing Center (Tex.)
8/7/07 35 Mexico
Victor Arellano
Little Company of Mary San Pedro Hospital (Calif.)
7/20/07 23 Mexico
Boubacar Bah
University of Medicine (N.J.)
5/30/07 52 Guinea
Nery Romero
Bergen County Jail (N.J.)
2/12/07 22 El Salvador
Jesus Cervantes-Corona
Northwest Detention Center (Wash.)
11/18/06 42 Mexico
Antonio Martinez-Rivas
Houston Contract Detention Facility (Tex.)
10/4/06 44 Mexico
Carlos Cortez-Raudel
Mira Loma Detention Center (Calif.)
10/3/06 22 Mexico
Jose Lopez-Gregorio
Eloy Federal Contract Facility (Ariz.)
9/29/06 32 Guatemala
Yusif Osman
Otay Mesa detention facility (Calif.)
6/27/06 34 Ghana
Miguel Rodriguez-Gonzalez
San Pedro Peninsula Hospital (Calif.)
5/21/06 43 Mexico
Geovanny Garcia-Mejia
Newton County Correctional Center (Tex.)
3/18/06 27 Honduras
Felipe Garcia-Sanchez
Oakdale Federal Detention Center (La.)
2/10/06 21 Colombia
Juan Salazar-Gomez
Eloy Federal Contract Facility (Ariz.)
12/14/05 29 Mexico
Reinaldo Prado-Arencilia
Northeast Medical Center (Tex.)
10/3/05 37 Cuba
Walter Alvarez-Esquivel
Laredo Medical Center (Tex.)
6/30/05 46 Guatemala
Hassiba Belbachir
McHenry County Jail (Ill.)
3/17/05 27 Algeria
Sung Soo Heo
Passaic County Jail (N.J.)
2/16/05 51 Korea
Ignacio Sarabia-Vallasenor
Otay Mesa detention facility (Calif.)
1/4/05 32 Mexico
Joseph Dantica
Jackson Memorial Hospital (Fla.)
11/3/04 81 Haiti
Simon Reyes-Altimirano
Mesa Hills Specialty Hospital (Tex.)
10/12/04 25 Hondurus
Ervin Ruiz-Tabares
Guaynabo Metropolitan Detention Center (P.R.)
9/25/04 24 Colombia
Sebastian Mejia Vicentes
Hampton Roads Regional Jail (Va.)
8/22/04 27 Mexico
Juan Figueredo-Lopez
U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners (Mo.)
5/29/04 45 Cuba
Cesar Rioz-Martinez
Frio County Jail (Tex.)
2/16/04 25 Mexico
Adetunji Popoola
Parkland Memorial Hospital (Tex.)
2/1/04 48 Nigeria
Bill Roy Kurt Marion
San Diego Correctional Facility (Calif.)
7/31/03 ? Unknown
Kwan A. Chong
San Pedro/UCLA-Harbor Hospital (Calif.)
6/10/03 ? Unknown

SOURCES: Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other sources | By Justin Ferrell, Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso, Julie Tate and Larry Nista, The Washington Post - May 10, 2008.



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