NCAVP mourns the death of Mia Green, a 29-year-old Black transgender woman in West Philadelphia, PA

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NCAVP mourns the death of Mia Green, a 29-year-old Black transgender woman who was fatally shot in West Philadelphia, PA on September 28th. Mia was discovered in the passenger seat of her assailant’s car after police pulled him over for running a stop sign. She was rushed to the hospital, but pronounced dead on the scene at 8:30 am. Her assailant is currently being charged for her murder and other related offenses.

On her death, Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs released a statement, describing the death of “yet another trans community member of color” as “especially painful.” “[We are] committed to ensuring that acts of discrimination, bigotry, and hatred are never tolerated in the city of Philadelphia,” the statemet adds.

Members and allies of the transgender community have taken to social media to mourn Mia – “My deepest condolences to Mia Green and her family … I’m sick to my stomach and filled with rage,” writes Rob Thornton. “We need to RUSH and PUSH to end violence against transmen and transwomen. Their lives are precious and they matter✊🏽” says F. Langston on Instagram.

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.