Migrant mom commits suicide in NYC shelter: Mayor Adams

A migrant mother who recently arrived in the Big Apple committed suicide in a city facility on Sunday, Mayor Eric Adams disclosed.

“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.

“Our hearts break for this young woman and any loved ones she may have, and we as a city mourn her.”

No other details were immediately available, including the location or operator of the facility where the suicide took place. At a subsequent, unrelated press conference in Brooklyn, Adams described the tragic woman as a mother.

A spokeswoman for the Coalition for The Homeless — the civil rights group tasked with oversight of the Department of Homeless Services under the city’s decades-old right-to-shelter legal settlement — said it had not yet been notified of the death.

Migrants arrive in New York City's Port Authority Terminal after being sent from Texas.
Migrants arrive at New York City’s Port Authority Terminal after being sent from Texas.

A MTA bus transports newly arrived migrants to a shelter in the Bronx.
A MTA bus transports newly arrived migrants to a shelter in the Bronx.

Migrant families carry their belongings after getting off a bus from Texas.
Migrant families carry their belongings after getting off a bus from Texas.

Buses.
Buses from Texas arrive in New York City.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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