REDLACTRANS is the Latin American and Caribbean network of transgender people, which has representation in 17 countries in the region.

REDLACTRANS are strategic partners, as opposed to a Linking Organisation. We started working together in 2007, and have provided technical and political support. Marcela Romero, founder of REDLACTRANS, said: "The Alliance has been really important. It has, as I always say, been more of an ally rather than a donor."

Most Latin American countries have a HIV prevalence rate of around 0.5% yet among transgender people prevalence rates are as high as 35%. Despite the HIV epidemic being so clearly concentrated among marginalised populations there is still very limited access to stigma-free HIV prevention and treatment services.

Transgender women are at increasing risk of violent attacks or murder, which all too often are carried out with impunity. According to the 2012 Trans Murder Monitoring Project, between 2008 and 2011, 79% of the murders of transgender people reported throughout the world took place in Latin America, with a total of 664 cases. Read more in this report, the Night is Another Country.

Despite the difficult environment REDLACTRANS has successfully brought together transgender leaders and organisations from across the region to tackle stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses against the transgender population, and has gained increasing recognition and influence among institutions and civil society networks at national, regional and international levels.

REDLACTRANS’ main advocacy focuses are:

  • Denouncing hate crimes and human rights violations, and
  • Advocating for gender identity laws that allow the change of sex in identity cards and that also recognise transgender people as a population with specific, unmet needs across Latin America.  

Thanks to REDLACTRANS advocacy efforts, a Gender Identity Law was passed in Argentina in May 2012. This law allows anybody to change their name on their documents to one that reflects their gender identity, without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

Read more about the network’s work and achievements here, in Making Rights a Reality.

And watch ‘Just like you’ below.

We also work with the Latin American and Caribbean network of sex workers, RedTraSex.