NCCASA Statement Against Black Trans Woman Violence

April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021


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The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault was heartbroken to learn of the targeted attacks against trans women sex workers that took place in Charlotte, NC recently. Jaida Peterson, 29, and the second unidentified woman did not deserve the violence and discrimination they faced. While it is unknown if these two attacks were directly connected, there is one thing that is clear: this kind of deliberate hate, bigotry and intolerance has no place here.


Sex workers are often devalued in our society, and are prevented from accessing safety protections and resources. Black, transgender sex workers are among the most vulnerable members of our communities. It is undeniable that they suffer the most under systems of power and oppression: in 2021, at least 14 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been violently killed in the country, most of whom were Black transgender women. It is important to note that this number is based on reported violent fatal incidents; often these stories are unreported or misreported.


The intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia undeniably have played a role in these acts of violence. Multiple LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations and activists are urging trans women and the broader LGBTQ+ community, especially those who engage in sex work, to be cautious and protect their personal safety.


NCCASA will continue to advocate for policies that will combat violence, hatred, and injustice in our community. These lives should never have been cut short. Black Trans Lives Matter. Sex Workers Lives Matter. 


Tyianna Alexander. Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín. Bianca “Muffin” Bankz. Dominique Jackson. Fifty Bandz. Alexus Braxton. Chyna Carrillo. Jeffrey “JJ” Bright. Jasmine Cannady. Jenna Franks. Diamond Kyree Sanders. Rayanna Pardo. Jaida Peterson. Dominique Lucious. 

All the unnamed lives lost to anti-trans violence. 


In Solidarity,

Monika Johnson Hostler

Executive Director, NCCASA


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