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posted Friday, July 31, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 31
HRC on the arrest of a Trans woman in NYC by unidentified NYPD officers
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HRC on the arrest of a Trans woman in NYC by unidentified NYPD officers

WASHINGTON, DC (July 29, 2020) - Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement:

"Last night, plainclothes NYPD officers yanked a young transgender woman, Nikki, off the street in broad daylight. This incident, along with many others of unidentified officers arresting people and taking them away in unmarked vehicles, is part of a frightening pattern being perpetrated across this country. We know that people of color and transgender people are at greater risk of police brutality, with transgender people at particular risk of harassment and abuse while detained. As we support Nikki, we must also remember Layleen Polanco and Tony McDade, who lost their lives while in prison and at the hands of law enforcement, respectively. We must transform policing and the criminal justice system in this country so that marginalized populations are free from police brutality and a militarized police force."

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According to reports on social media from those who knew her, Nikki was experiencing homelessness at the time of her arrest. This, along with the factors that lead to homelessness, such as housing discrimination and systemic racism and transphobia, which deprive individuals [of] employment opportunities, put transgender and gender-nonconforming people at increased risk of violence and danger, including from law enforcement.

Transgender and gender-nonconforming people experiencing homelessness desperately need our support, whether in the form of housing, clothes, financial assistance, educational resources, or LGBTQ-affirming mental health providers. As we work to end this epidemic of violence, we must support the work of local organizations performing this important work and advocate for additional government funding for these crucial resources. The HRC's report, "Dismantling a Culture of Violence," highlights the contributing and motivating factors that lead to this tragic violence: a toxic mix of transphobia, racism, and misogyny. The report also focuses on concrete steps community members, elected officials and advocates must take to end this epidemic.

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