NCAVP mourns the death of 20-year-old Elisha Stanley, a Black transgender woman in Pittsburgh, PA whose life was tragically taken on September 16, 2019. Elisha was based in Washington, DC, and worked as a community mental health worker at MBI Health Services, LLC. While details of Stanley’s alleged murder remain unclear to authorities, many community members are reporting Elisha’s untimely death as a homicide. A Pittsburgh Bureau of Police spokesperson told PinkNews: “Police are aware of the death and detectives are investigating. The cause and manner of death will come from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner.” Our condolences are with the family and friends of Elisha Stanley.
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 bilngual 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.