NCAVP mourns the death of Sarah Hawkins, a 43-year old woman from Phoenix, AZ

NCAVP mourns the death of 43-year old Sarah Hawkins, who, according to media reports, was shot by her ex-partner, 33-year old Fiona Luvisi, who then killed herself. No more information is available at this time, but NCAVP members will continue to reach out to the local community to offer support. Violence within intimate relationships happens as often—or more often–among LGBTQ people, yet is seldom discussed. As this tragic loss shows us and as NCAVP reports consistently show, this violence can be deadly.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence within our communities. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, or simply if you need support in these difficult times, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support or you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member.

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 Regina Denise Brown, a 53-year-old trans woman from Orangeburg, SC

NCAVP mourns the death of Regina Denise Brown, a 53-year-old trans woman from Orangeburg, SC. Regina died by arson in October but only recently was identified as transgender in media reports. A man was arrested and charged with Regina’s murder.

A person claiming to know Regina told PinkNews in an email: “She always was smiling and happy. She always gave encouragement to the younger trans women always highlighting our best features and strong traits. Just an all around great lady with a big heart. She was a very amazing talented big hearted lady.”

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 Brendon Michaels, a 43 year-old White Gay Man, In Baltimore, MD

NCAVP mourns the death of Brendon Michaels, a 43 year-old white gay man in Baltimore, Maryland. Police officers and firefighters found Brendon Michaels inside his home in Midtown Baltimore on Nov. 8. His death was ruled a “homicide from trauma.” Brendon’s alma mater and long-time employer, Carroll Community College, has created a fund in Michaels’ memory. “Our dear friend and colleague brightened the lives of so many and we know he would love to brighten the lives of Carroll students. We will miss him dearly,” reads the tribute.

If you have any information on Michaels’ murder please call the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2100 or send a message to its text-for-tip line at 443-902-4824.

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 Tydi, A Transgender Woman, in Baltimore, MD

NCAVP mourns the death of Tydi, a transgender woman from Baltimore, Maryland. According to local news reports, Tydi’s body was found shortly after being shot.  The Baltimore Transgender Alliance (BTA) identified Tydi in a Facebook post stating,  “We deeply mourn the passing of Tydi and send our condolences to her family, friends, and the entire transgender and gender non-conforming community throughout Maryland and beyond.” The BTA will hold a vigil in Tydi’s honor Friday, Nov. 30 at a location and time to be announced.

Tydi’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Police are requesting anyone with information contact the police homicide office at 410-396-2199 or send a text tip at 443-902-4824.

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 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.

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.

 

NCAVP Mourns The Death Of Traylon Brown, a 29-Year-Old Black Gay Man, In Dallas, TX

NCAVP mourns the death of Traylon Brown, a 29-year-old gay black man from Dallas, TX. According to local news reports, Brown was found dead inside of his vehicle in the afternoon of Sunday, October 21st. Brown’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

Dallas police says Brown  was also referred to, and identified as, “Brittany White.”According to the Dallas Voice, a friend of Brown, Rocky Collins, says that Brown didn’t identify as transgender but often dressed up in wigs and women’s clothing to meet men online.

Police are requesting anyone with information contact Detective Jacob White at 214-671-3690 or jacob.white@dallascityhall.com and reference case No. 231046-2018. For those who wish to remain anonymous, they can contact Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 who is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in Brown’s case.

A gofundme has been set up by Brown’s family to help cover funeral expenses.

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 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 Nikki Janelle Enriquez, A 28-Year-Old Latinx Trans Woman, in Laredo, TX

NCAVP mourns the death of Nikki Janelle Enriquez, a 28-Year-Old latinx trans woman, in Laredo, TX. U.S. Border Patrol intel supervisor, Juan David Ortiz, has been charged with the murders of Nikki Janelle Enriquez and three other women—Melissa Ramirez, 29, Claudine Ann Luera, 42, and a woman who has not yet been publicly identified. All of the women involved were sex workers. According to recent reports, Enriquez was found and killed Saturday, September 15.

In initial reports, law officials deadnamed and misgendered Enriquez. After this information was released, Webb County-Zapata County District Attorney, Isidro Alaniz, correctly identified Enriquez as a transgender woman. The practice of deadnaming and misgendering trans, gender non-confirming and non-binary people is oppressive and contributes to the physical and fatal violence waged against the TGNC community.

In remembering Nikki Janelle Enriquez, NCAVP grieves and stand in solidarity with all sex workers and the TGNC community.

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.