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What killed Ana Romero?

Yesterday, Lexington Herald-Gleaner of Kentucky published a powerful op-ed on the death of Ana Romero, an immigrant from El Salvador who died while in custody in Franklin County Kentucky.

ana-romero-2Although the specific persons who may or may not have been guilty of violating Ana’s due process, or mistreating her in jail, or neglecting the needs of Spanish-speaking prisoners have yet to be identified — and no matter what the official cause of death is deemed to be — it was fundamentally the system that killed Ana Romero.

U.S. immigration policy is broken and unable to cope with the high level of economic refugees who have streamed into the country in search of work.


Instead of dealing with the economic causes of this migration, U.S. policy has stressed an enforcement-only response.

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Update: Vigil for Ana Romero Successful

ana-romero-2Friday, a vigil was held to remember Ana Romero, the El Salvadorean immigrant who was mysteriously found hanging in her jail cell 3 months ago. Advocates and immigrants gathered at the Franklin County Jail, where Ana died, to demand justice and a transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding her tragic death.

From the Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:

The Vigil for Justice for Ana Romero celebrating and honoring her life on the third month anniversary of her death held precisely few meters away from where she died, was a complete success: the cold weather and the remote and threatening location could not stop the 200 people who stood on frigid conditions for two hours to offer their warm determination to achieve Justice for Ana and respect for immigrants.

Local and state news covered the vigil and the turnout exceeded expectations. Many of those attending were immigrants, which really evoked a sense of how this injustice affects and entire community. Click here to see a video of live coverage from the vigil.

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ACTION: Vigil for Ana Romero


Candlelight Vigil for Justice for Ana Romero/Stop the Raids and Deportations

Friday, November 21, 2008      7:30 p.m.

Franklin County Regional Jail, 400 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort, KY 40601

November 21 will mark three months since the tragic death of Ana Romero, an immigrant from El Salvador, while awaiting deportation in the Franklin County, Kentucky jail. Her death raises many questions of morality, decency, and the humane treatment of persons awaiting deportation. The mystery of how and why she died has not yet been resolved.

Join others in demanding justice and a transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ana’s death .

Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (KCIRR)

justice@anaromero.org       www.anaromero.org       Phone: (859)685-0387

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