Transphobic hate crime: a global perspective

Jamel, Joanna (2019) Transphobic hate crime: a global perspective. In: 28th Session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; 20-24 May 2019, Vienna, Austria. (Unpublished)

Abstract

This presentation will examine (i) the nature and prevalence of transphobic hate crime (TPHC), the impact of intersectionality on victims/survivors; (ii) the different types of TPHC; (iii) the diversity of transgender or trans people often overlooked within academic literature or homogenised when taking an Anglo-American perspective. In this presentation, the experiences of trans people in our global community are referred to in an effort to be more inclusive and examine what may be learned from other cultures in order to inform policy when addressing TPHC. Also explored here is the impact of legislation on the mobility of trans people, whereby they need to consider the level of legal protection from TPHC when travelling. Furthermore, institutionalised transphobia is highlighted as this can play a contributing factor to the perpetration of TPHC with regard to the perpetration of everyday micro aggressions against trans people. The challenges experienced when reporting a crime to law enforcement officers is also discussed. Finally, suggestions are made based on the available literature and the findings of the recent ICPC International Hate Crimes Report that may be used to inform policy and recommendations for further research.

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