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.

NCAVP mourns the death of Sasha Garden in Orange County, FL

NCAVP mourns the death of Sasha Garden, a 27 year-old black transgender woman, in Orange County, FL.  According to media reports, Garden was found the morning of July 19, 2018 behind an apartment building near Orange Blossom Trail. Police believe she may not have been a resident but was a sex worker in the area.

Garden was known as outspoken and dreamt of becoming a hairdresser. A vigil will be held in the coming days to honor her. Police encourage anyone with information to call 800-423-8477.

We send our love and care to her friends and loved ones.

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 joins Jacksonville Transgender community in demanding accountability from Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

NCAVP is deeply saddened by the homicides of three transgender women of color in Jacksonville, Florida since February of 2018 – Celine Walker, Antash’a English, and Cathalina Christina James – and the intimate partner violence related shooting of a black transgender woman. We send care and light to everyone in the Jacksonville community and across the country who have been impacted by these losses and violence.

NCAVP is also angered by the response to this violence by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Despite calls from local activists and community members, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office continues to misgender and misname Celine, Antash’a, and Cathalina. They have been blatantly disrespectful in their investigation of these homicides and to local community members who are healing and seeking justice for their loved ones.

By continuing to release inaccurate information about these women, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office sends the message that they will not take the violence perpetrated against transgender people and people of color seriously. Through their actions, the Sherriff’s Office have become sources of violence in and of themselves.

In 2018 alone, NCAVP has recorded 15 homicides of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Of these deaths, 11 were transgender and gender non-conforming people of color and 10 were transgender women of color. Over the last few years, there has been increased media coverage on the violence against transgender people, particularly transgender women of color. Loved ones of those whose lives have been taken work tirelessly to ensure that all transgender people are remembered as their full selves, for law enforcement to treat transgender people with respect and dignity, and to prevent further violence.

NCAVP joins the Jacksonville community in calling for:

  • A public written and verbal apology from the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office (JSO) for continuously misgendering and misnaming the four black transgender women, three of whom died, who were shot in Jacksonville in 2018.
  • JSO staff must participate in gender sensitivity,inclusion and racial bias training in line with current Department of Justice policy and practices.
  • A thorough and affirming investigation by the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office in the cases of Celine Walker, Antash’a English, and Cathalina Christina James with input from friends and family of the victims as well as the local community.
  • A LGBTQ liaison officer within the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office as has been done in many cities across the country.

Develop a police accountability committee of civilians to create community oversight in police practices and policy. Many cities across the country have been implementing the above asks to work towards repairing the harm of law enforcement on the LGBTQ community, particularly people of color.

NCAVP will continue to fight for the lives of transgender women of color. We will continue to say the names of those whose lives we have lost and hold space for the names we may never know.

NCAVP mourns the death of Keisha Wells in Cleveland, OH

NCAVP mourns the death of Keisha Wells, a 58 year-old black transgender woman, in Cleveland, OH. According to local reports, Wells was shot and killed in a parking lot and found in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 24. The suspect is still large at this time. Police have charged James Butler, who is not yet in custody, in connection as he helped dispose of her body.

The loss of Keisha Wells, who was a life-long resident of Cleveland, marks the 2nd transgender person killed in the city in 4 months. On February 23, Phylicia Mitchell was shot and killed outside of her home.

Wells was affectionately known as “Pokey” and described by her aunt, Regina Spicer, as a funny and generous woman. We send our love and care to her family and loved ones.

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 Cathalina Christina James in Jacksonville, FL

NCAVP mourns the death of Cathalina Christina James, a black transgender woman, in Jacksonville, FL. This is the 4th reported shooting incident against a transgender person in the area this year. According to media reports, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office initially reported Cathalina was shot at the Quality Inn on Sunday, June 24 around 1pm. Yet again, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office misgendered and deadnamed the victim. Advocates and friends who knew her reached out to ensure accurate reporting and investigation.

Earlier this month an unidentified transgender woman was shot by her boyfriend, Ronald Diquan Bost, who is now facing attempted murder charges.

Just one week prior, Antash’a English, a well-known performer who won many titles in the transgender pageantry circuit, was shot and killed.

In March we reported the loss of Celine Walker who was shot and killed in a hotel. The suspect is still at large.

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. We send our love and care to the Jacksonville community and Cathalina’s loved ones.

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 Antash’a English, a 38 year-old black transgender woman, in Jacksonville, FL

NCAVP mourns the death of Antash’a English, a 38 year-old black transgender woman, in Jacksonville, FL.  According to media reports, English was found between 2 houses suffering from a gunshot wound on Friday, June 1st. Before succumbing to her injury, she informed police that the suspect was wearing a gray hoodie and left in a grey four-door vehicle. Initial reports from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office misgendered and deadnamed the victim. Advocates and friends who knew her reached out to ensure accurate reporting.

English was very well-known and loved in the community and won many titles in the transgender pageantry circuit. Less than a month ago, she celebrated her first day at her new job.

A candlelight vigil and balloon release will be held followed by a benefit show at InCahoots Night Club where she was a featured performer for 10 years.

We send our love and care to her friends and loved ones.

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 Kevin Thompson, 46, in Carrick, PA

NCAVP mourns the death of Kevin Thompson, 46, in Carrick, PA. According to local media reports, Thompson’s body was found in a shed behind his home by investigators after his mother reported him missing on Thursday, May 31 . The medical examiner confirmed he succumbed to blunt force trauma and was stabbed multiple times.

Thompson’s house mate, John Dickinson, has been arrested and faces multiple charges including criminal homicide. Police say a fight started after Thompson made a sexual advance towards Dickinson. Since the arrest, a friend came forward and said they were in a relationship many years ago.

We send our condolences to the family and friends of Kevin Thompson.

LGBTQ people deserve and have the right to identity affirming resources around intimate partner violence. If you are or someone you know is experiencing violence in your relationship or from an ex-partner, reach out for help and support. NCAVP is here to help you find local resources and to help you if you experience barriers to accessing support.

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 and/or call our 24 hour English/Spanish bilingual hotline at 212-714-1141.

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 Hernández who died while in custody of ICE

NCAVP mourns the death of 33 year old Roxsana Hernández. According to media reports, Hernández was processed into the US and transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on May 13, 2018. On May 16, she was transferred to a special unit for transgender detainees within a for-profit jail facility in New Mexico. When Hernández presented with symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration, and complications associated with HIV she was then transferred to Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM where she died on May 25, 2018.

“Paired with the abuse we know transgender people regularly suffer in ICE detention, the death of Ms. Hernández sends the message that transgender people are disposable and do not deserve dignity, safety, or even life,” said Isa Noyola, Deputy Director at Transgender Law Center (TLC).

ICE officials failed to provide any additional details regarding the condition she was in when she entered the jail facility. Nakai Flotte, an organizer with Diversidad Sin Fronteras, travelled with Hernandez until “she got sick during the icebox where they separated her form everyone else.”

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 Nicole Hall, a 39 year old black transgender woman, in Dallas, TX

NCAVP mourns the death of Nicole Hall, a 39 year old black transgender woman, who was found on Saturday, May 12 in White Rock Creek in Dallas, TX. According to the Dallas Police Department (tw: deadnaming and misgendering), the cause and time of death is unknown at this time.

Hall is described as ‘full of life’ and a pioneer in the Texas Black Trans Community. If you have any information, please call 214-671-3650.

A GofundMe has been set up to help raise money for final arrangments. We send our love and care to her friends and loved ones.

In memoriam of Nicole Hall.

It is never easy to read reports of violence against our communities. NCAVP is available to provide support and counseling. To find your local NCAVP member, please visit avp.org/ncavp-members/.

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 28 year old Gigi Pierce in Portland, OR

NCAVP mourns the death of Gigi Pierce, a 28 year old transgender woman, who was shot late Monday evening on May 21, 2018 in Portland, OR. According to reports, there was an argument between Pierce and the suspect, 33 year old Sophia Adler, which then escalated to the unfortunate outcome. Adler remained at the scene and was then arrested by Portland police.

A witness, who was a friend of Pierce, said she was trying to provide assistance to Adler as she was known by many to help those in need, including at the shelter where Adler lived. This marks the 10th known homicide of a transgender person.

We send our love and care to Pierce’s friends and loved ones.

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.