New York City’s most dangerous city is Coxsackia County, where an increasing number of transgender people are living in extreme poverty.
The county’s homeless population has soared by more than 70 percent over the past decade, according to the county’s Homeless Services Center.
And for many of the people who live there, the stress is exacerbated by the constant fear of violence.
“I’m scared of my family and the police, especially on the weekends,” said one transgender woman, who asked that her real name not be used.
“And I don’t know if they’ll even come.
They don’t even come in on a weekend, I mean, how long are they going to keep them there?”
For years, Coxsac is known for its notorious homeless shelters, but now, the community has been targeted by anti-transgender violence.
In 2014, a transgender woman was brutally attacked while walking to the bathroom at a Coxsakie County jail, and her attackers later fled the scene.
Last year, a Coysackia woman was shot to death while attempting to stop her husband from sexually assaulting her.
In April, a young transgender man was sexually assaulted and robbed in his own home by a group of men who had been stalking him.
In March, a homeless transgender woman in the town of North Little Rock was robbed and robbed again.
And last week, a 26-year-old transgender woman and a 19-year old transgender woman were attacked by two black men in the same area.
“These attacks are happening in our community,” said Deena Harris, co-founder of Transgender Law Center, who recently returned from a trip to Coysakie.
“It’s happening everywhere.
It’s everywhere, and they’re targeting transgender people.
And they’re not targeting people who are homeless.
They’re targeting trans people.”
Harris says Coysac has a long history of violent attacks against transgender people, but the recent uptick has made her concern for her own community even greater.
“The attacks are escalating, and the violence is escalating,” she said.
“This is the kind of thing that I’ve heard for years, that this community is in crisis.”
Transgender people in Coysaka County are also at high risk for discrimination, and it’s not just transgender people who face discrimination, but people of color.
“LGBT people of colour are being beaten, kicked, spat on, they’re being verbally abused,” said Harris.
“They’re being harassed, they are being harassed.
People of color have been arrested, people of Color have been assaulted.”
Harris said it’s clear that transgender people in the county face systemic discrimination.
“We have transgender people of every race and ethnicity, all ethnicities, all religions, all sexualities and gender identities,” she explained.
“But what’s even more important is, is that we have people of all different racial and ethnic backgrounds in our communities that are experiencing the same kinds of abuse that we are.”
According to Harris, Coysakeria County is not the only county to experience this kind of violence against transgender residents.
In October, Coosackia was hit with a $1.5 million settlement from the U.S. Department of Justice, for a $2 million wrongful death lawsuit brought by a transgender man, who was brutally beaten by two members of the Coosakie City Council in 2010.
The settlement included $5 million for the medical care and treatment of the victim’s family, $1 million for his mental health, and $1 in compensation to the victim.
A local transgender activist says the settlement should be a wake-up call to other jurisdictions across the country.
“As soon as Coosacks settlement was reached, it was like, oh my god, this is really happening in Coosacs county, and we are really in trouble,” said Juana Paz, a co-organizer of the Transgender Law Centre’s transgender advocacy group Transgender Advocates for Justice.
“So it’s really hard for us as a community, to have this kind a wake up call.
But we’re here and we’re not going to let it go.”
In March 2018, transgender woman Shyla Jones was beaten in the head with a baseball bat in the face by two men.
According to the Transgender Advocacy Project, in 2016, transgender people were the most likely to be assaulted by a stranger in a violent crime, and transgender people make up just under 6 percent of the U!s population.
According the Transgender Women’s Justice Project, there are now over 300,000 transgender women and men in New Jersey, according the most recent figures from the New Jersey Transgender Law Project.
Transgender women and trans men are often the victims of violent hate crimes.
And in February, a man who killed a transgender person in New Brunswick, New Jersey in the early 2000s was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison.
“That’s just horrific and heartbreaking, and unfortunately that is how the