Camila Diaz Cordova, a 29-year-old asylum seeker and sex worker, was beaten to death weeks after being deported from the U.S. back to El Salvador.
Cordova applied for asylum in 2017 to escape death threats from a gang called Barrio 18, according to Reuters. When she was deported back to El Salvador, she went back into sex work and was eventually kidnapped and beaten, according to Cordova’s friend. She died in the hospital on Feb. 3.
“We demand that the authorities investigate, clear up the case and find those responsible, regardless of who they are,” Rainbow Trans director Monica Linares told Reuters.
In 2018, a total of 19 homicides were reported on transgender women in El Salvador, according to rights groups. Researchers say these numbers are likely underreported.