Mireya Rodríguez Lemus
2 Sep 2020
Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua (Mexico)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/2-Sep-2020/Mireya Rodriguez
Mireya's body was found in a state of decomposition in her home on Wednesday 2nd September.
She was the founder and president of Union y Fuerza de Mujeres Trans Chihuahuenses a.c..
Chihuahua.- In social networks it emerged that the body that was located in a rotten state [at the intersection of Sol de Cataluña and Circuito Sol del Valle] in a house in the Del Valle Sol colony was that of a trans activist.
Identified as Mireya Rodríguez Lemus, the woman was the founder of Union y Fuerza de Mujeres Trans Chihuahuenses a.c.
The different groups of sexual diversity in the city showed their condolences and outrage over the case.
“Today, news shocks the LGBTI population of Chihuahua: we are informed that the activist Mireya Rodríguez Lemus, founder of Union and a force for trans Chihuahuan women, was found lifeless in her home, causing shock and impotence for being a crime that should not go unpunished, which is why we make an energetic call to the authorities of the State Attorney General's Office of the State of Chihuahua to open an investigation from an LGBT perspective and clarify this atrocious act," they quoted in the text.
The body of Rodríguez Lemus was located around 02:20 hours, in a house at the intersection of the Sol de Catalunya circuit and Del Valle Sol Circuit, in the municipality of Aquiles Serdán.
To Union y Fuerza de Mujeres Trans Chihuahuenses ac, friends, colleagues, the chosen family of # Mireya Rodriguez Lemus:
We write to them with our broken, rabid hearts. We drafted these lines with the hope of being beaten. So we run to hug you so you know that you are not alone, that our media, privileges and creativities are for you, for your grieving, for your struggles.
We recognize in you the observation that another world is possible, that it is plausible, necessary, to embrace in sorority because together we can be and inhabit a Chihuahua in which no girl, teenager or woman has to face alone the terror of exclusion and the violence.
For Mireya, for her smile and bravery, we demand that Government of the State of Chihuahua, Attorney General of the State of Chihuahua, Fiscalía Especializada de la Mujer Chihuahua guarantee truth, justice and measures of reparation and non-repetition that include The creation of a comprehensive public policy for the recognition of the dignity and importance of children, adolescents and other trans people; a policy capable of reducing the inequalities and barriers they face in the areas of health, education, work, safety and a life free of violence and discrimination. We therefore demand that you comply with your obligations and provide trans women with the opportunities they require to develop autonomous and libertarian life projects.
The media is demanded to remove articles with which they engage in hate condemning trans women to a 35-year life expectancy; we remind them that they must ensure recognition of Mireya's identity.
To the other feminist groups and organizations in the state we invite you to join the pain and outrage that seize trans women in Chihuahua and the rest of the country. Pronounce yourself, use the political spaces you occupy to recognize this murder and the murder of # PatsyAndrea as femicide, thus ensuring the implementation of the protocols and alerts we have fought for.
We question Chihuahuan society: How many more femicides will we face to organize our rage? At what point will the screams of ′ ′ ENOUGH! "Be sound enough to tear down the foundations of a society that refuses to recognize the importance of trans people, their lives and bodies? If not now, when?
Never another # femicide anymore. Never again a Chihuahua without trans women.
Malinche Movement September 2, 2020
Mireya's killer was apprehended on Sunday 13th September after police tracked Mireya's cellphone and vehicle. The following weekend he was charged with aggravated homicide for reasons of gender identity, a crime which could carry a sentence of up to 60 years in prison.