Giovanna Betancourth Vergara
6 Feb 2021
Cali, Valle de Cauca (Colombia)
Giovanna dreamed of becoming a beautician. Sadly someone killed her before she could quit sex work and achieve that ambition.
Violence against people with trans life experiences does not stop in Colombia. This Saturday, Santamaría Fundación, an organization that works to defend the rights of this population, denounced the murder of Giovanna Betancourth, a trans woman from Cali.
"How much pain there is in our struggle. Today we woke up with the sad news of the loss to violence, of a sister, partner, friend." the organization wrote on its Facebook page.
EL TIEMPO contacted Santamaría Fundación, from where they stated: "At the moment, we have not received official information about the situation or the causes of this transfemicide. We are waiting to see what the Police and the Prosecutor's Office say."
Giovanna was a trans woman who dreamed of being a beautician and had trained in a beauty academy.
"She made her way with tenacity, like all of us," representatives of the Santamaría Fundación told this newspaper. And they added: "through this job possibility, she wanted to stop practicing sex work, since she considered it very dangerous, analysis she endured based on her experience and that of many of her friends. "
The organization described the murder as" a brutal act of transfemicide. "
How much pain is there in our fight 🏳⚧ , today we woke up with the sad news of the loss to violence of a sister, partner, friend.
Thank you for so many years of struggle and resistance, Giovanna Betancourth - you will always be in our mind and memories. We demand justice for her and for all of our Trans siblings.
Giovanna's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/giovanna.betancourthvergara/.