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Layleen Cubilette Polanco

7 Jun 2019
Rikers Island, New York (USA)
Died in custody

Layleen Cubilette Polanco
Layleen Cubilette Polanco [photo:]

Layleen was found dead in a jail cell in the Rose M. Singer women's facility on Rikers Island on the afternoon of Friday 7th June.

She had been incarcerated for a month on a misdemeanour charge, and was due to be released on 13th June.

At this moment we don’t have much information on what happened to my sister. All we know is that she got into a fight and got locked up and sent to Rikers she was there for a month and was due to come home the 13th of this month. We were notified yesterday that she was found dead in her cell with not much information. We will make sure her story is heard after we find out what happened. Please helps us lay her to rest. This was a very unexpected death and a big loss to her family and friends. Anything helps, thank you in advance as you all k ow Layleen loved you all even those that didn’t like her very much. Thank you all

A vigil for her is due to be held on Monday 10th June.

On Monday, community will come together to demand justice for Layleen Polanco Xtravaganza who was found dead in her cell at Rose M Singer Center at Rikers last Friday evening.

NYC’s Department of Corrections established a trans housing unit to reduce violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people at Rikers. But “better” incarceration is still incarceration, and trans people are deeply unsafe in this system.

This tragic loss of yet another member of the trans community comes just days after the start of Pride season. There is no Pride to be had while trans folks continue to face an epidemic of fatal violence


Report added: 9 Jun 2019. Last updated: 10 Jun 2019

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