On the afternoon of Saturday, September 5, transgender woman Leslie Alejandra Ferreti was found lifeless at home. Ferreti was found with multiple stab wounds and wrapped in sheets, in her apartment at the intersection of Otumba and Fray García de la col, in C Juárez Chihuahua, Mexico.
Transgender activists already on a hunger strike, demand justice as yet another woman is murdered in northern Mexico. They demanded in a letter that the Chihuahua State Attorney General’s Office take into account the vulnerability of trans women to violence motivated by their gender identity or expression in addition to their status as human rights defenders in the investigation of the murder of Rodríguez Lemus.
Among the organizations that signed these demands are the Unión y Fuerza de Mujeres Trans Chihuahuenses, Letter S, Sida, Cultura y Vida Cotidiana, Elisa Martínez Street Brigade for the Support of Women and the National Observatory of Hate Crimes Against LGBT Persons in Mexico.
Por procesos libres de prejuicios y un trabajo conjunto por los derechos de las personas LGBT+ pic.twitter.com/8vTQVuxrvt
— Letra S (@Letraese) September 4, 2020
The TDoR Trans Lives Matter Project reports that including Leslie Alejandra Ferreti there have been at least 41 trans murders in Mexico since the 2019 TDoR
Reuters reports that a transgender woman in Ciudad Juarez, who declined to give her name, said people are “a little scared, a little terrified” to go out on the streets.
“We don’t know what to do anymore because there are so many hate crimes against the trans population.”
Deborah Alvarez, a transgender activist who spoke to Reuters earlier in the week, described a community beset by worries about its safety.
“You can’t imagine what all us trans people have lived through to arrive here, for us still to see that we haven’t been defended,” she said.
On Wednesday, September 2, transactivist Mireya Rodríguez Lemus was found dead in her home in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua just 300 kilometers south of Ciudad Juárez. Mireya Rodríguez Lemus along with other trans people have been receiving death threats reports the informativo6y7
Leslie Alejandra Ferreti murder is the seventh murder in the last two months of LGBT activists including Jonathan Santos, in the state of Jalisco, and Javier Eduardo Pérez, in Morelos, and trans activists Britani Jaqueline, in Jalisco; Samanta Barrios, in Puebla; Jeanine Huerta, in Baja California, and Brandy Ronzón Huerta, in Veracruz and Mireya Rodríguez Lemus.
La tarde de hoy 5 de septiembre fue encontrada sin vida en su apartamento de C Juárez Chihuahua la compañera Leslie Alejandra Ferreti con múltiples heridas de arma punzo cortante y envuelta en unas sábanas,en el cruce de Otumba y fray García de la col. Bellavista #Justicia ! pic.twitter.com/ZOBypIUO6T
— Jazz Bustamante. (@tv_yazi) September 5, 2020