Police officers in El Salvador convicted in murder of trans woman deported from US

Police officers in El Salvador convicted in murder of trans woman deported from US
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Three police officers in El Salvador have been convicted of the 2019 murder of a transgender woman, Camila Díaz Córdova, who was deported from the U.S. after her asylum claim was rejected.

NBC News reported Monday that former officers Jaime Geovany Mendoza Rivas, Luis Alfredo Avelar Sandoval and Carlos Valentín Rosales Carpio were convicted of aggravated homicide.

Díaz Córdova returned to El Salvador in 2018 after her asylum claim was rejected; she filed the claim after arriving at the U.S. with a caravan of migrants traveling from Central and South America. She was reportedly beaten by the officers in the back of a police patrol car after being arrested on a public nuisance charge and left for dead on a road.


Human Rights Watch and other international organizations monitoring the case celebrated the officers' convictions as a landmark victory for LGBT rights in the country.

“This landmark ruling is much needed in a country where LGBT Salvadorans and their families rarely see justice for violent crimes,” said HRW's Americas director José Miguel Vivanco. “The outcome of Camila’s case sends a powerful message to Salvadoran society that anti-LGBT violence will not be tolerated.”

Critics have slammed the Trump administration for implementing historically-low limits on the number of refugees allowed to claim asylum in the U.S. per year, arguing that the policy excludes many with a credible fear of danger in their home countries from seeking asylum in the U.S.

The administration has also pursued a policy requiring many applying for asylum to remain in Mexico while their applications are processed.