Rojas case

Family Members of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas vs. United States

Overview

On November 4, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hear arguments and testimony in a landmark case about systemic abuse and impunity in the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Family Members of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas vs. United States is the first case involving an extrajudicial killing by U.S. law enforcement to be examined by an international human rights body.

Anastasio Hernández Rojas
Anastasio Hernandez Rojas

Roxanna Altholz, co-director of Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) and Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego (ASD), together represent the family members of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, who U.S. border agents brutally beat and Tased in 2010 while in custody, hog-tied, and lying on the ground, before the commission. Although Anastasio’s death was ruled a homicide, U.S. federal prosecutors closed the investigation without pursuing criminal charges.

The hearing comes at a time when the United States faces increasing scrutiny for the widespread coverup of killings and other misconduct by border agents. Earlier this year, Alliance San Diego sent congressional committees a letter about shadow police units, often referred to as Border Patrol’s Critical Incident Teams, tasked with mitigating and concealing agent responsibility for killings and other acts of violence by border agents. The letter has prompted five federal investigations and a decision by CBP to disband the shadow police units.

Videos & Documentaries

Anastasio Hernandez Rojas – Día de los Muertos (11/2/22)

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Impunity at the Border: Inside US Border Patrol’s ‘Cover-Up’ Unit (Al Jazeera report, 10/26/22)

Crossing the Line at the Border (PBS Need to Know report, 10/25/12)

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