Damaris Becerra JuradoAge 40
26 Nov 2017
Le Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Died in custody
Damaris died in custody in the early hours of 26th November in Penitentiary Unit No. 32 of Florencio Varela.
She suffered from a chronic illness and had been detained without charge two and a half years earlier, along with six others who remain in prison.
Her death was the fourth of a trans woman in confinement in the same city in a year, following those of Pamela Macedo Panduro, Angie Velázquez Ramírez and Brandy Bardales Sangama.
All were Peruvian migrants and Otrans activists. Otrans reports that in the city the police routinely make arbitrary arrests of trans women. The detainees are routinely held without charge for long periods in degrading conditions without access to healthcare.