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Transgender Day Of Remembrance: We See. We Remember. We Love. An OpEd from AVP's Executive Director, Sharon Stapel

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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 »

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AVP and community partners in the Huffington Post today on NYPD 'Stop And Frisk' Policy

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A number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups sounded off on allegations that people of color were being targeted by the New York Police Department's controversial "stop and frisk" policy, the Center For Constitutional Rights is reporting.

New York City Anti-Violence Project, the Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Make the Road NY and Streetwise & Safe were inside of the courtroom where the federal lawsuit Floyd vs. City of New York was being heard. Read the full article here »

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Sharon Stapel, AVP's Executive Director, speaks with CNN Online today about an LGBT-inclusive VAWA

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(CNN) -- Patrick Dati had reached his breaking point. With a metal pin in his arm and Vicodin coursing through his veins, he picked up the phone to call his psychiatrist. Dati had undergone surgery for a broken arm after his then-boyfriend allegedly threw him down the stairs when he tried to leave their home. Read the full article here »

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AVP's Executive Director, Sharon Stapel, in The Huffington Post today on why VAWA is landmark LGBTQ legislation

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The opening line of HuffPost senior political reporter Amanda Terkel's Feb. 27 piece "Obama Circumvents Gridlocked Congress To Advance LGBT Rights" caught my eye: "Don't expect any landmark gay rights bills in the 113th Congress." Though I don't disagree generally with Terkel's assessment of the 113th Congress when it comes to LGBT rights, I would like to point out one significant counterexample: Last week the 113th Congress passed a landmark LGBT rights bill, the new Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Read the full article here »

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AVP's Executive Director, Sharon Stapel, in Mother Jones on GOP efforts to water down the Violence Against Women Act

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When House Republicans released their version of the Violence Against Women Act late on Friday, advocacy groups for victims of domestic violence were unanimous: They hate the Republicans' plan. Read the full article here »

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