NCAVP mourns the death of Selena Reyes Hernandez, a 37-year-old Latinx transgender woman, was shot and killed in her home in the Southside of Chicago, by an 18 year old high school student on May 31, 2020. Her killer told police that he killed Selena because he learned she was trans. Selena’s death did not immediately come to light in queer media, due to misgendering and deadnaming in the media, by the medical examiner, and by police, similar to what occurred around the death of Jayne Thompson in Colorado. News of Selena’s loss also comes on the heels of the violent deaths of two Black trans women last week, Rem’mie Fells and Riah Milton, who died in a 24-hour period.
NCAVP stands in solidarity with all trans women of color, and we know that it is always hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. We know this can be even more painful when there continues to be an unchecked epidemic of homicides of Black and brown trans women, as police violence is escalating against Black and brown people, and our nation continues to be grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that highlights long standing healthcare disparities for Black and brown 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.