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The Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project is a trans feminist project addressing issues of systematic, institutional and interpersonal violence and oppression experienced by trans women (those who were coercively assigned male at birth and identify or are identified as women/female) across multiple identities (e.g., race, class, dis/ability, citizen-status, nationality, sexuality, age, HIV status, and form, status, or age of transition, etc.)
Ida Hammer is a writer and social justice communicator. She organizes the Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project. She presents workshops and trainings on cis privilege and being a trans ally. She's also involved in organizing against sexualized violence. She's a proud dyke-identified trans woman and an organizer of the New York City Dyke March.
BIENESTAR study shows high impact on Los Angeles area transgender women
A new report, funded by the Williams Institute, reveals high levels of reported harassment and assault of Latina transgender women by law enforcement agencies. The report, “Interactions of Latina Transgender Women with Law Enforcement,” is based on interviews with 220 Latina transgender women from the Los Angeles area.
BIENESTAR, a non-profit social service organization committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the Latino LGBT community, developed the report in collaboration with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. The Williams Institute supported the work through its small grants program.
“Encouraging organizations to conduct rigorous and groundbreaking research like Bienestar’s report is exactly the purpose of our small grants program, and we are pleased to have supported the study,” said Jody L. Herman, Ph.D., Peter J. Cooper Public Policy Fellow.
Among the report’s key findings:
- Two-thirds of participants reported verbal harassment by law enforcement.
- Twenty-one percent reported physical assault by law enforcement.
- Twenty-four percent reported sexual assault by law enforcement.
- Of those lodging a report against the police, two-thirds stated that their report had been handled “poorly” or “very poorly”.
- Almost 60% of those stopped by law enforcement in the previous year believed that this had occurred without their violating any law. Many reported being stopped while doing everyday things like “coming back from the grocery store” and “waiting for the bus”.
- The vast majority (71%) described the police’s interactions with the transgender community in negative terms. Typical responses included comments that police were aggressive and disrespectful and sometimes used male terms or called them “it”.
As noted in the report, these negative interactions with law enforcement result in the underutilization of police services by Latina transgender women needing such services.
- Fifty-five percent reported having been a victim of a crime by others.
- Of these, only 56% actually reported the crime to the police.
- Of those reporting crimes, 57% reported that they had been treated poorly (35%) or very poorly (22%) by the police when reporting the crime to them.
To see the complete report please click here.