Case of Murdered Honduran Trans Woman Could Set Legal Precedent
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is examining whether the Honduran government was complicit in the killing of Vicky Hernández, a 26-year-old trans woman fatally shot on the night of the country’s 2009 coup d’état.
The case, led by RFK Human Rights and Red Lésbica Cattrachas, is the first to ask the Inter-American Court whether a state has failed to protect a transgender person and could set a legal precedent not just in Honduras but across Latin America, which has the world’s highest concentration of trans murders.
While transphobia in Latin America remains pervasive and deadly, RFK Human Rights’ Angelita Baeyens says the Court’s decision brings hope for change.Learn More
The ruling sets a legal precedent across Latin American, which has the highest concentration of trans murders in the world.Learn More
What comes next is ensuring that the Court orders are implemented and that the roadmap it lays out is followed by other governments in Latin America and beyond.Learn More
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