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Anastasio Hernandez Rojas

Anastasio Hernandez Rojas

Published: September 5, 2014

In 2010, Border Patrol agents beat and shocked Anastasio Hernandez Rojas with a stun gun at the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego, California. He died three days later. An autopsy report ruled his death a homicide, with hypertension and methamphetamines as contributing factors. Rojas had been deported a few months earlier and was apprehended when he tried to rejoin his family.

In the first video above, his widow, Maria Puga, talks to Human Rights Watch.

In the second video, AFSC's Pedro Rios shares more about Anastasio's life and the struggle to change Border Patrol policies. As part of AFSC’s work in California, Pedro has supported and accompanied family members of Anastasio and others lost to border violence.