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2013 Hate Violence Report Released; LGBTQ in NYC faced a 27% increase in violence last year

New York City — The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) today released its report Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013. NCAVP collected data concerning hate violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected people from 14 anti-violence programs in 13 states across the country and Puerto Rico, including from the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), which coordinates NCAVP. This report is the most comprehensive data documenting the high level of violence experienced by LGBTQ and HIV-affected persons in the United States and New York City in 2013.

The report did not include any information from New York State beyond the downstate New York City region.

In 2013, New York City experienced a surge in high profile anti-LGBTQ hate violence; the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) supported a total of 594 new LGBTQ and HIV-affected hate violence survivors, a 27% increase from the number of new hate violence survivors served in 2012 (435). This is the largest one-year increase ever reported and the fourth consecutive year with an increase. “Few New Yorkers will forget the spate of high-profile hate violence incidents that gripped our city last spring, however, we believe that public response by organizations like AVP, our Reporting Violence Helps End Violence Campaign, and increased media attention to incidents all contributed to this 27% rise in survivors served,” said Sharon Stapel, AVP’s Executive Director. "Rather than a dramatic increase in violence, we believe this is a reflection of the enhanced accuracy in reporting, as well as the fact that we are reaching more New Yorkers with our message of safety for LGBTQ and HIV-affected people."

AVP responded to three high profile anti-LGBTQ homicides in New York City in 2013, after decreases each year since 2009, when we had five anti-LGBTQ homicides, and 2012, when we had none. “Here in New York City we saw three hate violence homicides, Islan Nettles was a transgender woman, Mark Carson identified as a gay man, Ever Orozco was killed because he was perceived to be gay, and all three victims were people of color,” said Chanel Lopez, AVP’s Hate Violence Counselor/Advocate. "In each of these cases, AVP responded by working very closely with community members and other community-based organizations to ensure that those most disproportionately impacted by this violence, especially transgender and gender non-conforming people and people of color, were leading the LGBTQ anti-violence work in New York City."

The disproportionate impact of hate violence on transgender and gender non-conforming people and people of color was not only reflected in the 2013 homicides, but across all incidents of hate violence in New York City. Some of the more disturbing findings include:

In 2013, of the survivors who shared their race/ethnicity with AVP, the majority (74%) of those reporting hate violence identified as people of color. Reports from transgender or gender non-conforming (TGNC) survivors increased by 21% while the proportion of TGNC survivors remained consistent with last year, at 19%.

In 2013, there was a 35% increase in survivors reporting they interacted with the police (from 198 in 2012 to 267 in 2013). For the second year in a row, reports of police misconduct remain high with a slight decrease from 78 cases in 2012 to 68 cases in 2013. "AVP's work on the Community Safety Act, as well as our work with the No Condoms as Evidence Coalition has brought to the forefront the particular issues facing LGBTQ New Yorkers, and especially LGBTQ people of color and transgender and gender non-conforming people when interacting with the police," said Shelby Chestnut, AVP’s Co-Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy. "While we have seen progress in these areas in 2013, there is still a great deal of work to be done before our community members feel safe." —Staff

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