AVP is outraged by the statement made in open court by John Scarpa, defense attorney to Rasheen Everett, at Everett's sentencing yesterday. Everett, 32, was convicted last month of strangling Gonzalez-Andujar back in March of 2010 in her apartment in Glendale, Queens. According to media reports, they had met through an advertisement, and Everett killed Gonzalez-Andujar when he found out that she was transgender. According to press accounts, in court yesterday, defense attorney Scarpa argued against a long sentence, saying "Shouldn't that be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals?"
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned of the intimate partner violence related homicide of Ronald Taylor Jr., 27, in Bloomfield, Connecticut. According to local media reports, Tarence Mitchell, 18, confessed to stabbing Taylor to death at the victim's home. According to media sources, the stabbing occurred after Taylor had, in the weeks prior, outed Mitchell, a well know Bloomfield High School football player, on social media and threatened him verbally and physically.
At the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) we have seen a disturbing trend in increased deadly violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people in past years. In 2011, 40% of all LGBTQ hate violence homicide victims were transgender women; in 2012 this number climbed to 54%. In September 2013, at AVP's Courage Awards, Laverne Cox called the violence against transgender women of color "a state of emergency." It is exactly that. Read the full article here »
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) stands in solidarity with transgender and gender non-conforming communities and their allies to observe the 15th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20th, 2013. NCAVP honors those lives lost and recommits to working to end and prevent all forms of violence, especially violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people.
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