Inside Monica Roberts’ Mission to Identify Transgender Murder Victims

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02/19/2019

Monica Roberts does in 30 minutes what reporters have been failing to do for years. She identifies murder victims who are transgender. Whenever she discovers through Facebook that there’s been a death in the community, she begins investigating, combing through local news reports of recent killings in the area. Often, within half an hour, Roberts can match the name of a slain transgender person to a murder victim who has been identified only by their legal name in local coverage. Then she publishes her findings on her long-running blog TransGriot. Whenever you read about the transgender people killed in any given year, it’s in large part due to the work Roberts does. National LGBT advocacy organizations and mainstream news outlets alike rely on her as an early source of information.

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