NCAVP mourns the death of Tatiana Hall, a 22-year-old Black transgender woman in Philadelphia, PA

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NCAVP mourns the death of Tatiana Hall, a 22-year-old Black transgender woman who passed in Philadelphia, PA sometime around June 29th, which is when her body was discovered. Details remain unclear around Tatiana’s death, which, according to a coroner’s report provided to the press, was due to drug use and “accidental.”

Several of Tatiana’s friends and family claim that drugs were very much not a part of Tatiana’s world, and suspect foul play, perhaps even murder. “She wouldn’t take something that could harm her … This is a whole ‘nother realm, and it wasn’t her realm. This isn’t her,” said one friend. A vigil was recently held in Tatiana’s honor in New Jersey this past July, where there was music and a balloon release alongside the Passaic river.

A close relative of Tatiana, Mariah Hope, affectionately recalls her as a “diva,” who had “the prettiest smile” and “just liked to have fun.” Another loved one, Katrina Parker, who referred to Tatiana as her daughter demands justice – “We need to get justice,”.. “The person who [murdered her] needs to be in jail so she can be happy and have peace. I want her to feel like her family did what was needed for her, that we didn’t just let it be another unknown mystery.”

NCAVP stands in solidarity with Black trans women, and we know that it is always hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. We know this can be even more painful when there continues to be an unchecked epidemic of homicides of Black trans women, as police violence is escalating against Black and brown people, and our nation continues to be grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that highlights long standing healthcare disparities for Black and brown communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.