Trans activist Mireya Rodríguez Lemus was found dead on Wednesday at her home in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua, bringing the number of murders of members of the LGBT community to six in the last two months, the local trans community denounced.
Rodríguez Lemus, an activist for the human rights of trans women in Chihuahua, “stopped being seen last Saturday” in the spaces where she practiced sex work and supported companions, said the organization Unión y Fuerza de Mujeres Trans Chihuahuenses.
In a statement, she said that some of her companions went to look for her at her home and that after they managed to enter, they found her in the living room of the house with signs of violence.
They denounced that Rodríguez Lemus had been threatened for months and received intimidating messages, like other members of the organization.
Rodríguez Lemus’s is the sixth murder of this type after those of gay activists Jonathan Santos, in the state of Jalisco, and Javier Eduardo Pérez, in Morelos, and trans activists Samanta Barrios, in Puebla; Jeanine Huerta, in Baja California, and Brandy Ronzón Huerta, in Veracruz.
Rodríguez Lemus was a human rights defender of sex workers and trans women and a health promoter in HIV, as well as a founder of Unión y Fuerza de Mujeres Trans Chihuahuenses and promoter of the Global Fund to Fight HIV / AIDS, among other organizations.
The group denounced that Mexico is the second place in Latin America with the highest rate of hate crimes due to Homophobia, Lesbophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and that without the existence of a clear public policy that protects and investigates these cases, impunity will continue.
They demanded 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 the investigation of the murder of Rodríguez Lemus, in addition to their status as human rights defender.
The Executive Commission for Attention to Victims of the State of Chihuahua has been asked to give support and recognition as victims to the relatives of Rodríguez Lemus, in addition to legal advice and to follow up on the case.
Among the organizations that signed these demands are the Unión y Fuerza de Mujeres Trans Chihuahuenses, Letter S, Sida, Cultura y Vida Cotidiana, Brigada Callejera de Apoyo a la Mujer Elisa Martínez and the National Observatory of Hate Crimes Against LGBT Persons in Mexico .