Early November, 2022

The Nogales-based Kino Border Initiative (KBI) recounted the experience of Leticia [name changed to protect privacy], a Mexican migrant who sought asylum in the United States after she and her husband spent a month in captivity, kidnapped for ransom by organized crime.

After crossing and entering Border Patrol custody, KBI reported, “US agents asked Leticia and her husband 10 questions during about 10 minutes about why they came to the US. Despite explaining the persecution they fled in Guerrero and the hostage situation they had just escaped, CBP expelled them back across the border to the same area where they had been held hostage with no explanation.”

— “Early November Update on the Border, Asylum and Deportations from KBI” (Nogales: Kino Border Initiative, November 10, 2022).

Sector(s): Tucson

Agency(ies): Border Patrol

Event Type(s): Dangerous Deportation, Denial of Protection to Most Vulnerable

Accountability Status: Unknown

Victim Classification: Kidnap Victim, Mexico, Single Adult