Every two days, somewhere in the world, a trans person is murdered.
In August 2010, the Trans Murder Monitoring Project (TvT-TMM) published an interim update showing that, from January to June of this year, 93 reported incidents had occurred worldwide.
Today, on the eve of the 12th International Transgender Day Of Remembrance, the Trans Murder Monitoring Project has posted on its website a further update on the reports of murdered trans people from November 20th 2009 to November 19th 2010.
This means that, this year, there are almost 180 trans people to be included in the list of names to be remembered, mourned and honoured at the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance tomorrow (20th November).
The TDOR 2010 update has revealed a total of 179 cases of reported killings of trans people from November 20th 2009 to November 19h 2010. The update shows reports of murdered or killed trans people in 19 countries in the last year, with the majority from Brazil (91), Guatemala (15), Mexico (14, and the USA (14).
Cases have been reported from all six major World regions: Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, North America, and Oceania. As in the previous years, most reported cases were from Central and South America, which account for 80 % of the globally reported homicides of trans people since January 2008. In 2008, 97 killings were reported in 13 Central and South American countries, in 2009, 136 killings in 15 Central and South American Countries, and in 2010 so far 122 killings in 12 Central and South American Countries. The starkest increase in reports is also to be found in Central and South America, e.g. in Brazil (2008: 59, 2009: 68, January-November 2010: 74), Guatemala (2008: 1, 2009: 13, January-November 2010: 14) and Mexico (2008: 4, 2009: 11, January-November 2010: 12). The data also show an alarming increase in reported murders in Turkey in the previous years (2008: 2, 2009: 5, January to November 2010: 6).
In total, the preliminary results show 487 reports of murdered trans people in 39 countries since January 2008. [Via TvT-TMM]