NCAVP mourns the death of Camila, a transgender woman from El Salvador who died earlier this month after being deported from the U.S. According to the Washington Blade, one of the few outlets to report on Camila’s death, she was found in a hospital on January 31 with multiple injuries and passed on February 3.
Traditionally, NCAVP monitors hate and intimate partner violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities within the United States. The coalition does not have the capacity, or claim to have expertise, in the global phenomenon that is violence against LGBTQ communities. The NCAVP is tracking this homicide in particular due to the inhumane immigration policies and detention centers that put LGBTQ survivors at risk.
As told to the Washington Blade, Aislinn Odaly’s, an independent LGBTI rights advocate, said that Camila “migrated to the U.S. because of threats that she had received, but she was deported because they didn’t believe her.” The United States enacted further violence to her by both not believing Camila and knowingly deporting her into a violent environment.
We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against and within 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.