Trans-Latin@ Coalition Urges DOJ to Address Anti-Trans Violence in Puerto Rico

The DC Trans Coalition is a signatory to the Trans-Latin@ Coalition’s letter to the US Department of Justice, below. The letter is a response to the ongoing deaths and human rights violations of trans women in Puerto Rico. The US government has contributed to the culture of anti-trans violence by failing to protect the civil rights of trans people. If any other organizations would like to support this action, please e-mail Bamby Salcedo at bsalcedo@chla.usc.edu.

July 13, 2010
Mr. Thomas E. Perez
Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Main
Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Mr. Perez,

The purpose of this letter is to ask you to address the acts of violence that are continually happening in Puerto Rico. Since 2009, there have been four brutal murders involving transgender women. These horrific incidents have specifically targeted a vulnerable population.  Local authorities and law enforcement agencies continue to blame transgender women for these incidents, encouraging further violence against this community.

It is our government’s responsibility to protect everyone, including the LGBT community and given the numbers of these types of crimes we ask for a strong and quick response.  The civil rights of transgender individuals in Puerto Rico are being violated by not being fully protected by local authorities. In addition, there are no protective laws that specifically address the civil rights of transgender individuals in Puerto Rico.

We need to make sure that the civil rights of transgender people are not violated.  We ask that  you work with the Puerto Rican government to ensure that the Puerto Rican government protects the  civil rights of the transgender community. We ask that you exercise your oversight power to ensure the safety of transgender women in Puerto Rico.

Please contact Bamby Salcedo Trans-Latin@ Coalition at: tumamby@hotmail.com should you have any questions.

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Supporting agencies: Equality California, Radical Women, Mad Clik, Inc Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages, The National Latino AIDS Action Network, St. Johns Well Child and Family Centers, The Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center in NY, Drug Policy Alliance, The Transgender Law Center, Bienestar Human Services, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), Pacientes de Sida pro Politica Sana, The Red Circle Project, APLA, Unid@s The Latino/a LGBT Human Rights Organization, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Coalition for LGBT Health, El-LA Program para Trans-Latinas, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, The Wall Las Memorias, DC Trans Coalition, GenderQueer Coalition Ohio, Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles, The National LGBT Tobacco Control Network, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, The Indiana Latino Institute, Inc. Lambda Legal, National Latino Tobacco Control Network, National Youth Advocacy Coalition,


Equality California, Radical Women, Mad Clik, Inc Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages, The National Latino AIDS Action Network, St. Johns Well Child and Family Centers, The Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center in NY, Drug Policy Alliance, The Transgender Law Center, Bienestar Human Services, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), Pacientes de Sida pro Politica Sana, The Red Circle Project, APLA, Unid@s The Latino/a LGBT Human Rights Organization, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Coalition for LGBT Health, El-LA Program para Trans-Latinas, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, The Wall Las Memorias, DC Trans Coalition, GenderQueer Coalition Ohio, Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles, The National LGBT Tobacco Control Network, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, The Indiana Latino Institute, Inc. Lambda Legal, National Latino Tobacco Control Network, National Youth Advocacy Coalition,

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