I am sure many of you were as outraged as I was when I first heard about the children in detention. I was even more horrified to hear that several children had died in deplorable conditions in the custody of ICE and Border Patrol. This page is meant to be a sacred memorial for these precious children. There is a tradition in Mexico and Latin America called Dia de los Angelitos (or Day of the Little Angels) where parents who have lost children create ofrendas or altars to honor their children who have died. It was this tradition that inspired me to create ofrendas for these seven children who lost their lives in custody.
This tribute is meant to honor and bear witness to the deaths of these seven children while in U.S. custody. We mourn their loss. We grieve with their families. We denounce the policies that took their lives. We promise that they will not be forgotten.
- Michelina Nicotera-Taxiera
Lind, Dara. The Death of 7 Year Old Jakelin Caal Maquin in Border Patrol Custody Isn’t An Isolated Outrage. Vox, December 18th, 2018
Hennessy-Fiske, Molly. Six Migrant Children Died in U.S. Custody. Here’s What We Know About Them. Los Angeles Times, May 24th,2019.
Moore, Robert and Sacchetti, Maria. Toddler Who Died After Being Taken into Custody At the Mexican Border Suffered Multiple Diseases. The Washington Post, July 2nd, 2019.
Silva, Daniella. Migrant Mom Details Daughter’s Death After ICE Detention in Emotional Testimony. NBC News, July 10th, 2019.
Rocketto, Jesse Morales. A 2-Year-Old Boy Detained at the Border Has Died After Weeks in the Hospital. Buzzfeed News, Sept. 30th, 2019.
Jameel, Maryam and Moore, Robert and Schmidt, Susan. Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care. ProPublica, Dec. 5th, 2019, By Susan Schmidt, Robert Moore, and Maryam Jameel