NY Trans man stabbed to death

Kashmire Nazier Redd, a 28-year-old resident of Gates, NY was allegedly stabbed to death by his 40-year-old partner, Doris Carrasquillo early September 4.

Carrasquillo is charged with fatally stabbing Redd in the home the couple shared, allegedly after an argument. She has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Redd’s death. Kashmire Redd is at least the 19th transgender person killed so far in 2017 — nearly all of the trans people killed so far this year have also been people of color.

Kashmire was a black trans man, that is important... We already know that people of color face disproportionally high rates of intimate partner violence and domestic violence. We’re looking at extremely high rates of violence towards black trans individuals.

--Rowan Collins, Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley

Collins said that transgender people can face added hurdles in seeking help when facing intimate partner violence — including social services that aren’t “prepared” to have conversations about gender identity, or the threat of being outed as trans.

Still, Collins said, there are resources that are available for young trans people of color facing intimate partner violence, “You are not alone.”

30 to 50 percent of transgender people experience some form of intimate partner violence at some point in their lifetime.

--Jaime Saunders, Willow Domestic Violence Center

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