Sunday marks the two-year anniversary of Lucia Vega Jimenez’ death.
She took her own life while in the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency at YVR.
42-year-old Lucia Vega Jimenez was a Mexican national living in Canada, and in December of 2013 was stopped by Transit Police for not having a transit fare.
She was then asked for her ID; it ultimately led to Transit Police reporting her case to CBSA, where she later hung herself in a shower at the holding cell.
The public outrage was unmistakable; everyone wanted to know how the CBSA, a federal agency, could allow the Mexican national to take her own life on their watch.
CBSA declined several requests for an interview, but says in a statement they’ve made several improvements at their detention facilities, including mandatory self-injury prevention training, more oversight and monitoring procedures, and increased availability of interpreters.
They also say they’ve reduced the maximum hours of stay by a detainee at a holding centre to 48 hours.