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Transphobia in Latin America prevents effective HIV response

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March 1, 2013

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 08 March, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance is launching a new report, The Night Is Another Country, which reveals horrific acts of abuse and violence against transgender women in Latin America. Together with the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Transgender People (REDLACTRANS), the Alliance is highlighting how a shocking trend of systematic targeting of a population on the basis of their identity is going uninvestigated in countries including Guatemala and Honduras. The Night Is Another Country demonstrates that because of persistent discrimination, transgender people have their most fundamental rights – to life, health, education and work – violated, and that the murders and extra-judicial killings of transgender women human rights defenders in particular are not being dealt with by the justice system. Some 80% of the transgender activists interviewed for the report claim to have been subjected to violence or threats allegedly from state actors.