The advocates offered a series of proposed solutions to confront the wave of attacks, including calls to shift funds from the NYPD to instead focus on education, bystander intervention training, and de-escalation tactics. Mateo Guerrero, an organizer for the Trans Immigrant Project (TRIP), an LGBTQ immigrant advocacy division of Make the Road New York, said the NYPD has neglected the needs of Latinx transgender people.
“We know that the police the only thing that they do is cause more traumatic experiences for trans communities of color by misgendering them, not listening to them, and failing to provide interpretation [services],” Guerrero said during the presser.
Bianey Garcia, a TRIP organizer at Make the Road New York, said police officers are failing to do their part to confront the transphobic attacks in the area.
“Often survivors are not provided translation by the police or respected by their gender identity,” Garcia explained. “We need New York City to invest in community education programs to reduce, de-escalate, and prevent violence against trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and queer communities in order to create safer neighborhoods.”