Monday, September 30, 2013

Mother believes Haitian refugee Judith Valentin smuggled into the U.S. may have been killed

The mother of a Haitian refugee who drowned in the waters off Palm Beach as she was being smuggled into the U.S. last month is searching for answers in her daughter's death.

Simone Jeanty, mother of Judith Valentin, believes her daughter may have been gang-raped and thrown overboard as she was trying to enter the U.S. with nine other refugees on August 28. Her body washed up on shore.

Speaking at a news conference in Little Haiti Thursday, Jeanty said the allegations came from some of the other refugees who were on the boat with her 24-year-old daughter and who are still being detained in Palm Beach.

"I'm asking for justice, I'm asking for justice," Jeanty said in Haitian Creole that was translated by Marlene Bastien, the executive director of Haitian Women of Miami Inc.

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