The Anti-Violence Project and Other Organizations including GLAAD Call for Justice for Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco

On Wednesday, June 27, 2019, family and activists gathered at New York City’s City Hall steps to demand accountability for Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco. Layleen, a transgender Afro-Latina woman, was found deceased in her solitary confinement cell at the Rose M. Singer Center on Riker’s Island on June 7th, 2019.

City Council Members were kept from joining the fight for justice in honor of Layleen due to the inclusion of a speaker from No New Jails NYC, a coalition that opposes the four jail expansion plan. However, State Assemblymember Dan Quart spoke at the event and Assemblymember Ron Kim sent a staff member to support the rally. Despite the lack of elected officials present at City Hall that afternoon, eighteen City Council Members authored and signed a letter Wednesday advocating justice for Polanco. 

The Anti-Violence Project, along with twenty-six co-signing organizations including GLAAD, released a list of demands to New York City and State for Layleen. This serves to push for legislation on the city and state level that would help others in situations similar to Layleen’s. The letter of demands was received by both the Mayor and Governor’s office on June 27. 

A huge thank you to the New York City Anti-Violence Project, co-signing organizations and the ralliers at City Hall who continue the fight for justice and equality for the LGBTQ community.