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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Transgender community faces its deadliest year, but this group wants to help

Monday, June 11, 2018

"Tonya Harvey.

Viccky Gutierrez.

Nino Fortson.

    These are the names of just a few of the transgender and gender nonconforming people murdered in 2018.

    Violence against this community is at an all-time high, activists say. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2017 was the deadliest year on record for the transgender population. The New York City Anti-Violence Project is trying to do something about it.

    'We work to address and end all forms of violence that impact the LGBTQ and HIV-infected community,' said Beverly Tillery, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

    ...Beyond the one-on-one services, AVP fields community action committees to raise awareness of hate violence, intimate partner abuse and more.

    'We hit the streets and do outreach and hold safety nights so that we're giving people information about how to prevent incidents of violence,' Tillery told CNN.

    The group's latest initiative is #ValueTransLives, a call to action in light of the uptick in violence against transgender people.

    'Transphobia really impacts all of us in our society,' Tillery said.

    'When people are not valued in our society and seen as less than human, it allows the community to act that out.'"

    Read the full article here. Learn more in VAWnet's Serving Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence special collection.