Of the 1,700 trans people killed worldwide, the group found that 80% were murdered in Central and South America. Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Honduras, and Guatemala all ranked among the top 10 countries with the highest rates of trans murders. For its part, the U.S. ranked third: In 2015 alone, at least 21 transgender people were victims of fatal violence, more than any other year on record, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
Argentina, where Sacayán was killed, was ranked 11th
. According to trans activists, one of the reasons for high homicide rates across Latin America lies in the machismo
culture that is embedded in the region.
"The cases of transgender homicides in Latin America are extremely violent. We live in a very sexist and patriarchal society, so we live surrounded by violence," said Florencia Guimaraes Garcia, a transgender woman and president of Argentina’s Association for the Fight of Transvestite and Transsexual Identity, at a recent protest in Buenos Aires, Argentina.