Three EL Salvadorian Officers have been sentenced to 20 years for torturing and killing trans woman Camila Díaz Córdova in 2019. This marks the first time that the murder of a transgender person from El Salvidor has been successfully prosecuted and those guilty of the crime sentenced to prison.
Camila Díaz Córdova was returned to El Salvador and murdered by police after being denied asylum in the USA. She had unsuccessfully pled with US authorities that if they returned her she would be killed police.
Jade Camila Diaz, a leading Salvadorian transgender activist was found murdered Saturday near her home in Lolotiquillo, Morazán.
Córdova’s friend Virginia, a member of ASPIDH, reported her missing in late January. On Jan. 31, ASPIDH discovered she had been admitted to Rosales National Hospital in San Salvador following an attack, and she died on Feb. 3, as first reported by The Washington Blade in English.
Police told Virginia that her injuries were from a hit and run but she persisted. “It was all so tragic,” her friend told BuzzFeed News.
At the time Jade Camila Diaz was the 47th trans person murdered in El Salvador without a single conviction since 2005 when the legislature passed an enhanced hate crime law.
Prosecutors failed to sentence the killers with a hate crime enhancement COMCAVIS TRANS EL SALVADOR confirmed in a statement:
“Based on the information published on official social networks and different media, it is known that the perpetrators of the crime against Camila Diaz were sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime of aggravated homicide.
This is, without a doubt, an advance in reducing the levels of impunity in the acts committed against the Salvadoran LGBTI population; however, we regret that the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic has not presented sufficient evidence to classify the case as a hate crime and to be able to apply the srt reforms. 129 and 155 of the Penal Code where punishable acts motivated by sexual orientation, identity, and gender expression are more rigorously sanctioned.
This situation is a challenge for LGBTI organizations because it has made clear the need to work, together with the institutions in charge of imparting justice, training processes to strengthen technical knowledge in the investigation and prosecution of special events such as hate crimes.”
La muerte de Jade, así como la de toda persona, especialmente aquellas en situación de vulnerabilidad, va a ser investigada a profundidad.
— Raúl Melara (@MelaraRaul) November 10, 2019