'Epidemic of Violence': 2018 is Worst for deadly Assaults Against Transgender Americans

"Family and friends in Laredo, Texas are mourning for Nikki Enriquez, who was murdered earlier this month in the border community. And another community is also grieving for Enriquez – transgender activists across the United States.

Enriquez's death marks the 21st use of 'fatal violence' against a transgender person in the U.S. in 2018, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a civil rights organization for LGBTQ Americans. Her death puts this year on track to match the 28 murders of transgender people in the U.S. in 2017, making this the deadliest year recorded by the organization since it began keeping death totals in 2013.

Transgender deaths by fatal violence have increased during each of the last three years. In 2015 there were 22 murders of transgender people and 23 in 2016."



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