Case of murdered Honduran trans woman could set legal precedent in region

By Orion Rummier, Axios | June 17, 2021

Former Emerging Leader Fellow Kacey Mordecai spoke to Axios about a human rights case involving a young trans woman who was fatally shot in Honduras.

An international court is examining whether the Honduran government was complicit in the killing of Vicky Hernández, a 26-year-old trans woman fatally shot on the night of the country’s 2009 coup d’état.

Why it matters: Legal advocates say the case could set a legal precedent across Latin America, which has the world’s highest concentration of trans murders, according to activists.

  • It’s also the first case to ask the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ whether a government has failed to protect a transgender person.

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