On Transgender Day of Remembrance, The Legal Aid Society commemorates the numerous victims of transphobic violence, hate, and prejudice.
In the last year alone, at least 23 transgender people—the vast majority people of color—have lost their lives to transphobic violence in the United States. Today, we mourn and stand in solidarity with transgender communities and their allies to recognize the family and friends no longer with us.
Now more than ever we must acknowledge that transgender individuals of color who are poor and undocumented are targets of systemic oppression through over-policing, denial of essential rights and benefits and acts of violence. We view these injustices from an intersectional point of view, acknowledging that race, class and immigration status contribute to these systemic and institutionalized acts of oppression and violence.
At The Legal Aid Society, we reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection and progress of the transgender community through legal advocacy, education, and community engagement. We will continue our groundbreaking work in our Civil, Criminal Defense, and Juvenile Rights Practices to passionately fight for the rights and safety of transgender communities and all marginalized groups within our society.