Justice for Trans Woman of Color Beaten and Fatally Shot in Philadelphia


Target: Charles Ramsey, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department

Goal: Find and charge the criminals who beat, shot and killed transgender woman of color Kiesha Jenkins.

Transgender woman of color Kiesha Jenkins, 22, was beaten and fatally shot in Philadelphia. Jenkins is the eighteenth transgender woman of color or gender-nonconforming person of color killed in the U.S. this year, and the second in Philadelphia in five months. These homicides have spiked this year, with experts saying it’s an epidemic.

Police say five or six men assaulted and beat Jenkins, and when she was on the ground one of the men shot her in the back. Investigators are looking into if this was a hate crime where Jenkins was targeted because of her gender identity.

Hate-motivated violence against LGBT people as a whole is down, while hate-motivated violence against trans people is rising. This is a dangerous epidemic that we cannot allow to happen to some of the people who are the most vulnerable.

Tell officials to charge the criminals who did this under the full extent of the law.


Dear Commissioner Ramsey,

Kiesha Jenkins became the eighteenth trans woman of color this year murdered in a homicide in the U.S. and became the second one in Philadelphia in the past five months. These numbers are alarming, and these kind of violent crimes are happening far two frequently to this small population of vulnerable people.

This violence cannot keep happening and we must step up and do whatever it takes to stop it by sending a clear message that this kind of hate will not be tolerated. I urge you to find and charge the criminals who did this under the full extent of the law for their sickening crime.


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Photo credit: Kiesha Jenkins

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