Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
  • Home > News > Transgender network tackles rights abuses

Transgender network tackles rights abuses


Peer educator tells trangender sex worlers about safe sex and HIV, Ecuador © Gideon Mendel for the Alliance

The Latin American and Caribbean network of transgender people (REDLACTRANS) is holding a Regional workshop in Buenos Aires from 29 of August to 2nd of September to tackle the human rights abuses that transgender women in the region are so often subject to.

Transgender leaders from 17 countries of Central and South America, Mexico and the Spanish Speaking Caribbean are meeting this week with two main objectives: to design the project proposal for the Global Fund that will be re-submitted in Round 11, and to set up a system to report and denounce human rights abuses against transgenders, to be rolled out across all the countries where REDLACTRANS is active.

Transgender women are the population with the highest HIV prevalence in the region. Prevalence studies in Peru, Argentina and El Salvador show an HIV prevalence of around 35% in transgenders. Transgender people are one of the most discriminated and stigmatised in the region, victims of hate crimes, including murder due to transphobia. According to Transgender Europe, 70% of all cases of hatred crimes against transgenders covered by the media worldwide, occur in Latin America.

Recently the murder of a trangender woman called Gaby in Guadalajara, Mexico, sparked demonstrations in the city. This is yet another case in a long list of hate crimes against transgender people reported daily in Mexico and across Latin America.

The leaders of the transgender network have decided to respond to this desperate situation, generating community evidence to tackle the climate of widespread impunity in which these crimes are committed. If the application to Round 11 is successful, the network work would be complementing ongoing work happening at the national level and helping to put financial resources in the hands of the group most affected by the epidemic.

The Alliance has been supporting the organisational development of REDLACTRANS since 2008 and will continue providing this support with these two new initiatives. The Human rights part of the workshop was held in collaboration with the Panamerican Health Organisation (PAHO) through the participation of Alejandro Morlachetti, who presented the architecture of international human rights. 

Visit our 'What's preventing prevention?' campaign site to take action to protect transgender people in Latin America.

Visit the REDLACTRANS website.