REDLACTRANS, is the Latin American and Caribbean network of transgender people and has representation in 17 countries in the region.
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 in key populations, these ‘groups’ have very limited access to HIV prevention and treatment services. HIV expenditure and programmes are not targeted at those who most need it, and key populations are often excluded from decision-making. Discrimination is at both social and institutional levels.
Latin America is witnessing increasing violence against transgender women. According to the 2012 Trans Murder Monitoring Project, between 2008 and 2011, 79 per cent of the murders of transgender people reported throughout the world took place in Latin America, with a total of 664 cases. Most of these were met with impunity. Read more in this report.
REDLACTRANS, the Latin American and Caribbean network of transgender people, was established in 2005 in response to the social exclusion and lack of representation of the transgender community in Latin America.
REDLACTRANS and the Alliance started working together in 2007. The Alliance has provided funding and technical support in areas such as governance and advocacy. Since then, REDLACTRANS has successfully brought together transgender leaders and organisations from across the region to develop joint strategies to tackle stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses against the trans population. Read more about the network’s work and achievements here.
REDLACTRANS’ main advocacy issues 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.
Despite the difficult environment, REDLACTRANS has managed to grow, build its capacity, empower its members, and gain increasing recognition and influence among institutions and civil society networks at national, regional and international levels.
- 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.
- The network has succeeded in increasing participation of transgender people in decision making spaces, such as Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanisms.
- The president of REDLACTRANS has been a speaker in the Organisation of American States (OAS) Annual Assemblies since 2009. In the 2011 summit in El Salvador, the OAS launched the 5th resolution on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
- In December 2012, REDLACTRANS launched a Human Rights report, presenting evidence of the violence and impunity transgender women human rights defenders face in Latin America.
REDLACTRANS has secured funding from the Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund for 2013.