Jismary González Died On Bus Headed To Chicago From Texas
Bus Accident - August 19, 2023
Three-Year-Old Migrant Jismary González (Full Name: Jismary Alejandra Barboza González) Died On Bus Headed To Chicago
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (August 19, 2023) – A three-year-old migrant identified as Jismary González has tragically died on a bus headed to Chicago from Texas.
Marion County officials are saying that the incident began on Thursday. Jismary González reportedly became ill on the bus in Marion County, which is in southern Illinois.
Security personnel on the bus called 911 and the bus pulled over. Jismary González was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time. Texas has reportedly bused 30,000 migrants to cities all across the United States at the direction of Gov. Greg Abbott.
Liability For Illinois In-Custody Deaths
Far too many migrants have died in-custody over the years. According to Buzzfeed News, “Since January 2017, at least four dozen people have died while being held in detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some were old, and some were young. Some had been in the US for years before being detained; others came here only recently, seeking refuge or better economic circumstances.” There are a number of steps that government officials should take to keep migrants safe.
- Migrants should get a thorough health screening.
- Migrants should get prompt medical care when necessary.
- Migrants should get any medications they might need while they are detained.
When the government assumes control over a person, the government has a responsibility to keep them safe and healthy. When government agents are deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of someone in their custody, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. For example, officers may not have acted in a timely manner to help a person in medical distress. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any death on a migrant bus.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- An independent autopsy may need to be conducted.
It can be hard to know where to begin after any death. To make matters worse, ICE and other agencies are almost never totally transparent about what happened. The family of any child that died in custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any incident.
Investigating An Illinois In-Custody Death
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jismary González. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’s family.
Do you need more information about an in-custody death? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.