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AVP Outraged by Islan Nettles’ Death After Attack in Harlem; Vigil on Monday Night

August 23, 2013


AVP Outraged by Islan Nettles’ DeathAfter Attack in Harlem; Vigil on Monday Night


The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned the death of Islan Nettles, a transgender woman, who died as a result of an attack which occurred in the early morning hours on Saturday, August 17, in Harlem. Accordingto media reports and the NYPD, Ms. Nettles and her friends were on West 148th Street and 8th Avenue on Saturday night when one or more people attacked her, using anti-gay and anti-transgender slurs.  Ms. Nettles was taken to Harlem Hospital for her injuries and, on Thursday, was taken off of life support and died.  One person has been arrested in relation to this incident. 

AVP is working with Harlem Pride, the Trans Justice Project of the Audre Lorde Project, Make the Road NY, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Harlem Hospital, and other community based partners.  We are also working with the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s, which are currently investigating this incident, and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Robert Jackson and Council Member Inez Dickens. 


A vigil for Islan Nettles will be held on MONDAY night to express our grief and outrage at Ms. Nettles’ death. We will be updating you with more details on Facebook and by email.


AVP encourages you to report violence you experience or witness to our free and confidential 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212-714-1141 where you can speak with a trained counselor and seek support, or you can report violence anonymously online at http://avp.org/get-help/report-violence.


NCAVP’s most recent report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012,documented 25 anti-LGBTQ murders.  73.1% of all anti-LGBTQ homicide victims in 2012 were people of color and 53.8% were transgender women.  In this report, NCAVP provides specific recommendations for policymakers, funders, and community members to reduce and prevent violence against transgender people of color. 

Find out more about AVP at our website, www.avp.org,and get regular updates on our ongoing work on Facebook.com/antiviolence orTwitter @antiviolence, and get involved and make a difference.