***For Immediate Release*** NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez Statement on Arrest in Islan Nettles Investigation

NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez Statement on Arrest in Islan Nettles Investigation

For immediate release

March 3rd, 2015

Contact: John Blasco, jblasco@council.nyc.gov

NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez Statement on Arrest in Islan Nettles Investigation

            “Today, an arrest was made in the murder of 21 year old Islan Nettles, a transgender woman, who died in August of 2013 after being brutally beaten.  Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced the indictment of a young man on assault and manslaughter charges.

“I applaud the District Attorney and his office for their ongoing investigation.  While I am pleased that an arrest was finally made, I am extremely saddened and disappointed that it took nearly 2 years for any type of movement in this case.

“Islan Nettles is one of many transgender individuals who have been murdered in the United States.  There is a nationwide epidemic where several Trans Women of Color were murdered in 2014 and 2015.  These reports are just the reports that we hear about; there are many others that have gone unrecognized. We cannot continue to work while our Trans Sisters and Brothers are murdered on a daily basis.

“We need to talk about the issues that Trans people, particularly Trans Women of Color face: health care, housing, employment, safety, policing, etc. Justice for Islan Nettles is just beginning and I, as a member of the LGBT Caucus of the NYC Council will listen closely and act to ensure she receives the justice she deserves because “Trans Lives matter”.

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