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NCAVP mourns the death of Dana Martin, a 31 year-old Black trans woman in Montgomery, Alabama

NCAVP mourns the death of Dana Martin, a 31 year-old Black trans woman in Montgomery, Alabama, the first transgender homicide victim of 2019.  According to news reports, Dana was shot while driving her car, and died from the wound. Police have no leads, but are continuing to investigate.  NCAVP’s latest report, issued earlier this week, Hate Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected Communities highlights the disproportionate risk for severe and fatal violence faced by trans women of color, like Dana.

Daroneshia Duncan-Boyd, founder of Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering, shared in an interview that Dana  “was a person that was loved by many, and you can see it all over Facebook.”

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.