Post submitted by Beth Sherouse, former ACLS Public Fellow, HRC Senior Content Manager

Jasmine Collins, a 32-year-old transgender woman from Kansas City, is the 18th transgender person that we know of who has been killed in the U.S. this year. Collins was reportedly stabbed to death in late June during an argument with another woman, but was misidentified as a man by local authorities. Her assailant has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Collins’ death only came to light in the past week, following the killing of another transgender woman of color in Kansas City, Tamara Dominguez, and thanks to the reporting of Zach Stafford of The Guardian.

Even as we experience increased transgender visibility through a range of inspiring national media stories, the levels of violence and harassment transgender people face––particularly transgender women and transgender women of color––constitute a national crisis.

HRC extends our sincere condolences to Jasmine’s loved ones.

For more information on violence facing the transgender community, visit

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