NCAVP mourns the death of Kim Tova Wirtz, an Asian transgender woman found unresponsive in a prison on February 26 in Baltimore, MD. She was being wrongfully held in a male cell where she was discovered, and then transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Very little is known surrounding the details of Kim and her passing, as there are few reports, and police have not refused to release information to Kim’s family without an attorney. There are several routes of action however, including a petition started by Baltimore Safe Haven demanding police release a cause of death. Baltimore Safe Haven is an org that seeks to “provide opportunities for a higher quality of life for TLGBQ people in Baltimore City living in survival mode.”
Additionally, Kim’s niece has started a GoFundMe to raise money for legal costs, a funeral, and transportation for select family members to assist in burying Kim. Her niece writes “Unfortunately, because of the untimeliness of Kim’s death, we simply are not equipped to cover the cost and expenses of her arrangements nor legal counsel. Kim’s mom, My grandmother is currently in hospice care in St. Paul Minnesota and is unable to travel to Baltimore to bury her child.” She also states that “Kim has always put others first.”
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.