NCAVP Mourns the Death of Roxsana Rodriguez, A 33-Year-Old Latinx Trans Woman, in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Content warning: mention of r*pe, blunt force

NCAVP Mourns the Death of Roxsana Rodriguez, a 33-Year-Old Latinx Trans Woman, in New Mexico.  On May 9, after travelling with an organized caravan, Roxsana requested asylum at the San Ysidro port of entry and was detained in a privately operated Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Center. According to reports, Roxsana’s second autopsy reveals that she was beaten while in ICE custody. Nine days after being transferred to a unit for transgender women at the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, she died of dehydration and critical illnesses, due to lack of proper HIV treatment, on May 25th.

One month before arriving at the U.S. border, Roxsana reported being gang-raped in Honduras by four members of the MS-13 gang, resulting in her being infected with HIV. This urged her to try again for asylum in the United States, after being deported three times. AVP stands in solidarity with all people seeking asylum. If you or someone you know is TGNC or LGBQ and in search of free legal services around asylum, AVP is here to support:call our 24 hour hotline at 212-714-1184. During business hours, you will speak directly with a Counselor/Advocate who will conduct a brief intake and forward your information and legal concerns to the Legal Services Department who will then schedule an in-person comprehensive legal intake. Legal appointments are usually made within one week, and faster in emergency cases.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our 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.

AVP Honors Trans Day of Remembrance and Resilience

We honor the trans elders who have fought for the freedom to live their lives authentically and and openly. We honor those who are still here today -fighting for justice, visibility and respect. We  honor trans youth, who have always mapped our way forward and continue to light our way. We remember the folks that continue to go unnamed, misgendered and deadnamed. We see who you are and all that you were. In your death, we say your name loudly and with pride.

We celebrate  our trans siblings here with us today – the community member, the organizers and staff of trans* experience at AVP and across the world doing the vital work for their community to ensure respect, dignity and safety of all those who hold that shared identity.

AVP is committed to working for, and with, the trans and gender nonconforming community. We continue to provide free services for survivors and create new initiatives to curb violence, and provide access to resources, for trans and gender nonconforming people.

Today and every day, AVP stands in solidarity, and in community, with trans folks.

NCAVP Condemns Anti-TGNCI HHS Memo

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) denounces and condemns the recent leaked Department of Health and Human Services memo that puts forward a plan for the current administration to deny the existence of transgender, non-binary, and intersex people.  This is yet another attempted to erase, dehumanize and discriminate against LGBTQ people.

The memo leaked last Sunday by the New York Times contained a policy proposal to narrowly define gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth,” starting with attempting to establish a legal definition of sex through Title IX.  While not currently law, the discriminatory language and anti-trans sentiment in the memo has devastating impacts on transgender and gender non-conforming people and communities. Transgender and gender non-conforming people face unparalleled rates of violence, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence and hate violence; violence that is compounded by intersecting identities of race, sexuality, ability/disability, immigration status, language etc.  In the last three years, homicides of transgender women, particularly women of color, have steadily increased.  In 2017 alone there were 28 recorded homicides of transgender women and, horrifyingly, 2018 is on track to be one of the deadliest years for black and brown transgender women.

The memo is one part of an intentional plan to target the human and civil rights of transgender and gender non-conforming people and LGBTQ communities.  In the last week alone, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a memo attempting to change federal language around gender, U.S. diplomats within the United Nations lobbied to replace treaty language alluding to gender identity, and the Department of Justice issued an opinion to the Supreme Court stating that the DOJ doesn’t believe that discriminating against trans employees violates federal law.

NCAVP members however are not backing down but are redoubling our fight for equity, justice and opportunities for our LGBTQ and HIV affected communities.  Casa Ruby, the only bilingual and multicultural LGBTQ organization based in Washington D.C., joined other anti-violence organizations in protesting outside of the White House on October 22nd under the hashtag #WeWon’tBeErased.  Advocates from the newly opened Trans Wellness Center in Los Angeles, CA, gathered with transgender, non-binary and intersex community outside of L.A. City Hall,    and the New York City Anti-Violence Project took part in rallies and gave testimony at NYC City Hall throughout the week.

These attacks on our transgender and gender non-conforming communities are not new, isolated or born out of this political moment or administration. These attacks are rooted in and are symptomatic of interlocking systems of white supremacy, transphobia, patriarchy and misogyny, operating at all levels of our society.  NCAVP continues to denounce these attacks while simultaneously working with our transgender and gender non-conforming communities to build communities of safety, humanity and liberation.

*NCAVP is comprised of over 50 organizations dedicated to ending violence in the LGBTQ community. NCAVP works to prevent, respond to and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change.  NCAVP strives to increase power, safety and resources through data analysis, policy advocacy, education and technical assistance.

 

We Are Committed. We Will Not Step Back.

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the Trump Administration is considering redefining sex to be only “either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.” If carried out, the proposal in the leaked memo from the Department of Health and Human Services will continue the efforts already underway to deny transgender, gender non-conforming (TGNC) and intersex people necessary medical care, access to safety, basic protections and ultimately, their humanity. This is violence.

The Administration is hoping to remove our hard-won protections and rights by fostering a climate of violence in which TGNC people’s live are devalued in this country. At AVP, we see daily the toll of this kind of state violence. We’ve been sounding the alarm about the current crisis of violence that last year took the lives of at least 27 TGNC victims of homicide and at least 22 lives this year. We cannot afford to take even one step backward. Our TGNC community members and family members’ lives are depending on us now.

With this despicable attempt to erase millions of people who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming or non-binary, and those who are intersex, the administration has underestimated our community’s rage, defiance and the power of our organizing for and with each other. We will not stand silently by while this Administration continues to try to dehumanize any of us.

This is not a wait and see moment. This is a moment for each of us to commit to working to calling out and stopping transphobia in all of the places it lives. We must all find ways to show up and engage in this fight at this moment.

As a Black cisgender lesbian, I know I can and must do even more now, to stand up as my community is under attack. To the cisgender members of our AVP family, I am inviting you to join me in standing with and for TGNC people right now and into the future. In the coming days and weeks, we will be outlining specific ways you can take action as allies, so watch this space.

And to our TGNC family, we see you and we are here for you. You can always reach out to AVP’s confidential 24-hour English/Spanish hotline at (212) 714-1141 or drop into our office.

Together we can make a difference.

Until we are all safe and free,

Beverly Tillery
Executive Director

Thank You for Attending Courage 2018! Pictures + more.

October 12, 2018

Thank you to all who attended and supported our 22nd Annual Courage Awards!

I also want to take this time to thank our honorees: Minneapolis City Council VP, Andrea Jenkins; singer-songwriter, Shea Diamond; Senior VP of HBO, Rich Palermo; and the cast and crew of FX’s Pose. Last night’s acceptance speeches not only moved and inspired our community, but also underscored the importance of National Coming Out Day and our hope to make it safe for everyone to be and express who they are.

Since 1980, the New York City Anti-Violence Project has been able to grow its capacity to support thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-affected community members each year. Last night we had a goal of raising $30,000 in the room and thanks to all of you, we were able to raise $55,000! We are heartened and energized by your generosity and dedication.

We look forward to working with you all in the coming weeks and months to make our community and world a safer place for all of us. Here are some pictures from last night’s event. More to come!

If you were not able to attend yesterday, please consider supporting AVP today.

In peace and solidarity,

Beverly Tillery
Executive Director

NCAVP Mourns the Death of Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier, A 31-Year-Old Black Trans Woman, in Chicago, IL

NCAVP Mourns the Death of Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier, A 31-Year-Old Black Trans Woman in Chicago, IL. Reports say Ciara’s body was found with apparent stab wounds on October 3, 2018, after an argument with a man. Known and beloved in the Chicago ballroom community, Ciara is the second transgender woman to be killed in Chicago in a little over a month. Dejanay Stanton, 24, was the first reported transgender woman to be killed in Chicago this year, in a case that remains unsolved.

Ciara’s murder is being treated as a homicide and investigated by Chicago PD Area North detectives.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our 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.

NCAVP Mourns the Death of Londonn Moore, A 20-Year-Old Black Trans Woman, In North Port, FL.

NCAVP Mourns the death of Londonn Moore, a 20-Year-Old black trans woman, in North Port, FL. It was through trans activist, Monica Roberts of Transgriot, that NCAVP became aware of Moore’s death. She was was found face-down on the street, shot to death near Sawyer Circle and Red Oak Road at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018. Initial media reports deadnamed and misgendered Moore. NCAVP has reached out to local news organizations urging journalists to correctly name and gender Moore.

Police say investigations are ongoing. If you have any information on Moore’s death, please contact Detective Chris Maki at 941-429-7323.

Rest in power, Londonn Moore.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our 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.