Fiordaliza Pichardo

Caribbean Digital

MIAMI.- Autoridades de Miami Dade  arrestaron a la regidora del Partido Reformista en Bonao, Fiordaliza Pichado Veloz. Su detención se produjo bajo cargo de posesión de cocaína.

Fiordaliza Pichardo
Fiordaliza Pichardo

La detenida fue confundida en principio con un hombre y encarcelada en una prisión masculina.

Los informes internos obtenidos exclusivamente  a través de NBC 6 muestran que Pichardo  fue examinada por la enfermera médica de guardia en el interior del Guilford Knight Center Correccional Turner en Miami- Dade , quien de alguna manera llegó a la conclusión de que Pichardo era un hombre.

El formulario de arresto de la correccional tiene una M en el bloque que indica el género masculino.

En la comunicación escrita a mano por Fior Pichardo al departamento de correcciones , ella dice: “Me siento ofendida por haber ofendido a mi integridad como mujer …dudaron de mi pensando si he cambiado de sexo y me hicieron quitar la ropa muchas veces y me preguntaron por qué yo lo he hecho”.


Veloz Fior de Pichardo wrote a letter of complaint to the corrections department.

Authorities are investigating how a woman arrested for cocaine possession was incarcerated with men in a Miami-Dade jail.

Internal reports exclusively obtained by NBC 6 show that a medical nurse who examined Veloz Fior de Pichardo inside the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami-Dade after her Nov. 4 arrest somehow came to the conclusion Pichardo was a man. One corrections form has an M in the block indicating gender, even though her arrest report lists her as a female.

The nurse’s conclusion caused Pichardo to be placed in the general population with male prisoners, a decision corrections experts say exposed her to a real possibility of sexual abuse and violence.

In Pichardo’s handwritten complaint to the corrections department, she says: “I feel offended because they have offended my integrity as a woman …doubting me if I have changed my sex and (I) take off my clothes many times and ask me why I have done it.”

“(I’m) telling them no. (They’re) causing my pressure to elevate, because I was taken to a male jail and I’m a woman. I had to enter the same bathroom. Nobody has abused me physically but psychologically yes,” Pichardo said.

Guards housed her with the male inmates at the Metro West facility near Doral. As to how this could have happened, one investigating officer writes that: “inmate Pichardo was medically screened during the initial intake process. Due to inmate Pichardo’s non-traditional male characteristics he is classified as a PREA (special cell) candidate. Pichardo was evaluated by medical staff nurse H. It was determined that …Pichardo has male sexual reproductive organs.”

When the woman’s family got word of what was going on they showed up at the jail complaining and that caused supervisors to take a second look.

A corrections report says,”Pichardo was evaluated by nurse D and nurse M at Metro West Clinic. It was determined by both nurses that inmate Pichardo is a female.”

That was Pichardo was telling guards and the medical staff all along. From her writings, the woman made clear to the guards here that she hasn’t gone through any sex change procedures and the reports don’t show them making any mention of Picardo altering her gender.

The corrections department told NBC 6 it doesn’t have anything to say about what happened as to how a woman ended up in the men’s bathroom at the jail is still under investigation.

Pichardo was released from the Miami-Dade jail but was still in federal custody Tuesday and has a hold by U.S. Marshals and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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