New details emerging after Mexican woman dies in CBSA custody

Global News

A 42-year-old Mexican woman who died after being detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) in December was being held by private security firm Genesis, under contract from CBSA, Global News has learned.

While CBSA is in charge of the holding centre at YVR, it contracts out to the private security firm. VP of Genesis Security, Ashley Meehan said he cannot comment on specifics as the case is under investigation.

Lucia Vega Jiménez died in hospital more than eight days after being stopped at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Global News has also learned Jiménez had been denied refugee status in Vancouver, and had been ordered back to Mexico.

The organization “No One Is Illegal” says that Jiménez was working in a local hotel when she was arrested last month over an unpaid transit ticket. A release from the group says Jiménez was sent to jail and then to an airport holding cell to…

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