TDoR 2019 / 2019 / February / 08 / Lolita


Age 20

8 Feb 2019
Sonsonate (El Salvador)

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Lolita [photo:]

Lolita died of her injuries after a group of unidentified assailants attacked her with a machete.

LGBTI groups have called on authorities to do something to end the violence against trans people.

‘We demand justice from the El Salvadorian state for unpunished murders against our LGBTI populations, women and trans women,’ said Mónica Linares, the director of trans advocacy organization, Asociacion Aspidh Arcoiris Trans.

El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Official statistics have recorded the rate of murder at 50.3 homicides per 10,000 people.

In 2017, the United Nations called for an investigation into the high murder rate of trans people in El Salavdor. Trans advocates said LGBTI people are afraid of gang violence and many flee El Salvador.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) even labelled the exodus of trans people from El Salvador and other Central American countries as a "refugee crisis".

Report added: 18 Feb 2019. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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