Asylum Seeker in New York City Dies by Suicide at City Shelter

Silvia Moreno del Castillo, center, of Lima, Peru, holds her daughter Brisa, 3, by the hand, followed by her husband Gerardo Puente, as the family who is seeking asylum from Peru is greeted by Derick Alegria, left, and Orlando Andara, both with the nonprofit SAMU First Response, as a bus of asylum seekers who were sent from Arizona to Washington arrives, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, to a church on Capitol Hill in Washington. Moreno del Castillo had an allergic reaction on her feet and ankles while making her way to the United States and was able to receive medical care on the bus. As her court date will be in New York, she was relieved to have a safe and free passage to the East Coast from Arizona. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

An asylum seeker in New York City died by suicide in a city shelter on Sunday, according to Mayor Eric Adams.

“The thousands of asylum seekers we have seen arrive in our city came to this country seeking a better life. Sadly though, yesterday, an asylum seeker in one of our facilities took her own life,” Adams said in a statement released Monday.

The mayor did not name the individual or the shelter and said the city is prohibited by law from sharing additional details at this time. It is unclear how and when the woman arrived in New York City or how long she had been at the shelter.

“Our hearts break for this young woman and any loved ones she may have, and we, as a city mourn her,” Adams said. “This tragedy is a reminder that we have an obligation to do everything in our power to help those in need.”

Adams urged asylum seekers who need mental health support to reach out to the city’s Asylum Seeker Resource Navigation Center by calling 888-NYC-WELL.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Deena Zaru

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