The Transgender Violence Tracking Portal
Copyright © 2014 Transgender Violence Tracking Portal. All Rights Reserved.
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The Transgender Violence Tracking Portal (TVTP) provides a location to report on various forms of violence and harassment that occurs to transgender individuals throughout the world.
The Transgender Violence Tracking Portal is an attempt to collect data on anti-trans* violence in order to protect the transgender community in real time and help trans* people and allies be better-informed advocates for change.
Transgender* people make up 1 to 1.5% of the world’s population but are about 400 times more likely to be assaulted or murdered than the rest of the population. These crimes are more likely to be violent, and are often meant to intimidate the entire community. Many of these crimes are left unsolved, which makes it doubly important to track and hold law enforcement accountable to solving these crimes.
The TVTP works to provide news of violence against the transgender* community and, eventually, a central repository of reports (searchable by location and time).
Backed by a successful kickstarter campaign, the site currently features news and the ability to submit an incident report, as well as reports of missing persons and the ability to share and disseminate news via social media from a central location.
There are many identities and terms under the broad “transgender” umbrella. In their Incident Reporting Form, the TVTP seeks to provide a descriptor field that will allow for this diversity of identity to be honored and respected, while also providing accurate and usable data. They also are staying within the reporting criteria of governmental agencies to provide a matching criteria to dispute figures that they know at present are questionable. This limits some of the identities that are populated for statistical research. However, in the user profile, they allow a wide range of self-identities for each person’s own self-identification.
It is also important to note that sometimes transphobic violence is perpetrated against individuals who do not themselves identify as transgender*, and they seek to honor and respect chosen identities of victims and survivors while still holding perpetrators accountable. The TVTP will continue to grow identity fields as new terms are added. Here are a few (not all) that they currently list:
- Cross Dresser
- Gender Non-Conforming
*The TVTP places an asterisk with the term transgender on their site to denote its usage as an umbrella term.
Types of Incidents That are Tracked
- Adverse Court Decisions
- Bathroom Harassment / Incident
- Employment Discrimination/ Harassment
- Food Bank/Meals Program Incidents
- Govt. Harassment / Incident
- Hate Group Harassment / Incident
- Housing/Public Accommodation Harassment
- Law Enforcement Harassment / Incident
- Medical Facility/Practitioner Refusal to Treat
- Missing Persons
- Prison/ Jail Incident
- Religious Bias / Harassment
- Reparative/Conversion Therapy Harms
- Restaurant/Bar Harassment
- Silicone Injection- Death
- Silicone Injection- Self Injury
- Suspicious Death
- Verbal Violence / Hate Speech
- Workplace Discrimination (Title VII)
- Workplace Harassment / Incident
How Can I Help?
Glad you asked! There are several ways anyone can take action and help out:
- Donate – Support this project by becoming a contributor. Any little bit helps.
- Share – Share a story from the site to help raise awareness. Each time you share news from this project, individuals learn more.
- Volunteer – They need your help! You can volunteer for one of several jobs at the transviolencetracker.org. Click here to see the opportunities that are available.
How Can I Contact the Trans* Violence Tracking Portal?
You can contact the Trans*Violence Tracking Portal here.
The author of this post and the Transgender Violence Tracking Project authorize and encourage that the material in this post be reposted and reblogged widely as long as the following copyright notice is included:
“Copyright © 2014 Transgender Violence Tracking Portal. All Rights Reserved.”
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- The Next Civil Rights Frontier: How the Transgender Movement Is Taking Over (raverx.com)
- Transgender woman fatally shot in Los Angeles, media reports (glaad.org)
- Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Queers? (news.yahoo.com)
- Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Queers? (thedailybeast.com)
- Documents Reveal Efforts to Block Protections for Trans People in Canada (news.vice.com)
Posted on October 21, 2014, in Trans* Violence Tracking Portal, transgender, transphobia and tagged agender, Allison Woolbert, androgynous, cross dresser, gender non-conforming, intersex, sexual violence, trans violence, transgender, Transgender Violence Tracking Portal, transgenderos, transphobia, transsexual, transvesti, TVTP, violence. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The Transgender Violence Tracking Portal.