The past week was hard for the LGBTIQ+ community in Guatemala, especially for transgender women. On June 9th, 2021, Cecy Caricia Ixpatá died after a violent attack perpetrated by two unknown men in Salamá (a town located 256 km from Guatemala City). Cecy was a member of RedTrans, and she died while receiving medical assistance in a local hospital.
Two days later, on June 11th, 2021, Andrea Mutz Gonzáles, a human rights defender and a recognized transgender activist, was the victim of a gun attack in Guatemala City. Andrea was only 28 years old. She stood out as a young transgender activist, political leader, and legal representative of OTRANS-RN. This important organization actively contributes to the integral development of transgender people in Guatemala. OTRANS-RN emphasized that she couldn’t exceed the life expectancy of transgender women, which is 35 years in Latin America. In their own words, “She was killed by hate bullets, from the patriarchy, from the absence of the State.”
These are not isolated cases. The high number of murders and other violent attacks against transgender women in Guatemala is the result of a hostile and violent context with solid foundations in a racist, patriarchal, and transphobic society. Unfortunately, this is the situation that Transgender women have to face every day in Guatemala, throughout Central America, and throughout Latin America.
With depth indignation, we condemn these murders, and we claim an exhaustive investigation and prosecution of these cases. The Guatemalan state should take proper measures to guarantee and protect the human rights of the LGBTIQ+ population.
We recognize the vital labor carried out by OTRANS-RN and other civil society organizations in favor of transgender women in Guatemala. We express our sincere condolences to Andrea’s and Cecy’s beloved ones, friends, and the entire transgender movement in Guatemala. Hivos reaffirm the commitment to stand up for LGBTIQ+ human rights and to continue supporting their struggles with the conviction to build just, diverse, and inclusive countries.
We stand up for justice for trans women in Guatemala!
Rest in power, Cecy and Andrea!