TransGriot Note: From the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
On December 20 trans community leaders Laverne Cox and Brooke Cerda Guzman,
along with representatives from the Audre Lorde Project’s Trans Justice
and the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) met with the Manhattan
District Attorney’s Office regarding the Islan Nettles investigation
after misdemeanor charges were dropped against Paris Wilson on November
Islan Nettles was attacked on August 17 in Harlem by an
individual or group of individuals shouting anti-transgender slurs. Ms.
Nettles was taken to Harlem Hospital for her injuries and on Thursday
August 22, was taken off of life support and died.
the meeting, community leaders spoke about their concerns about the real
danger that transgender women of color face in New York City and the
need for the District Attorney’s Office to prioritize violence against
transgender women of color. The District Attorney’s Office assured
community leaders that the Islan Nettles case remains a top priority and
that they were doing everything in their power to move the
investigation forward. The group also spoke about ways in which the
District Attorney’s Office and transgender women of color could work
together to create safety and highlight the disproportionate impact of
violence in transgender and gender non-conforming communities.
The Anti Violence Project (AVP)
will continue to work with transgender community leaders and the
District Attorney’s Office on the Islan Nettles case and on issues of
safety for all transgender women of color in New York City.
stands with transgender women of color, our allies, community members
and community leaders in saying we will not be silent about the violence
faced by transgender women and transgender women of color in our city.
In September 2013, at AVP’s Courage Awards, Laverne Cox called the
violence against transgender women of color “a state of emergency,” and
it is exactly that, both here in New York City and across the nation.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) most recent
report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer
and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012, documented
25 anti-LGBTQ murders. 73.1% of all anti-LGBTQ homicide victims in 2012
were people of color and 53.8% were transgender women.
far this year we know of 14 transgender women nationally who have been
victims of homicide. In many of these cases, no motive is known, and we
are concerned about the pace of investigations, the serial misgendering
of the victims by police and media, and by a lack of public awareness
about these tragic deaths.
REPORTING VIOLENCE HELPS TO END VIOLENCE
encourages you to report violence you experience or witness to our free
and confidential 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at
212-714-1141 where you can speak with a trained counselor and seek
support, or you can report violence anonymously online at http://avp.org/get-help/report-violence.