Monday, August 10, 2015

Say Her Name: Amber Monroe

Another trans woman of color was killed this past weekend.

In Detroit, Amber Monroe was shot and found dead. With no place to go, Amber worked as a prostitute to survive. Detroit Police are investigating Amber's murder and at this time, they don't believe it was a lynching. There are no leads to Amber's murder.

Yvonne Siferd, Director of Victim Services, said this on Facebook:
“Our hearts are heavy with grief that we have lost another vibrant member of our community too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Amber’s family and friends whom she clearly loved deeply. We have no idea yet whether this attack was fueled by transphobia, but we do know that Amber’s murder is the 12th murder of a transgender woman in the United States this year, and the 10th murder of a transgender woman of color. Transgender women, and especially transgender women of color, are disproportionately affected by violence. 
Her life was just beginning; I know that this loss will leave so many people with a hole in their lives and with more questions than answers. Let’s come together to celebrate her life, and work for real change so that our transgender sisters can be free from persecution. I know we can do better. We have to do better.”
Amber is the 12th trans woman of color murdered this year.

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