U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee Statement on Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance
U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee today released the following statement in recognition of International Transgender Day of Visibility:
“As I have had the opportunity to meet transgender Mainers throughout the state, I have been impressed by their sincerity, creativity, and desire to enjoy all that Maine offers, but I have been shocked and saddened by the horrific accounts of discrimination, harassment and violence they have experienced.
Today, on a day when we should be celebrating the contributions of transgender Mainers, we instead face an epidemic of violence and discrimination directed towards their community. Here in Maine, fear or hatred of the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identification is the motivation behind nearly half of all hate crimes reported according to FBI statistics.
We are committed to engaging in a meaningful dialogue with the transgender community in Maine, both to show support and increase public safety. We strive to build trust in our office and in law enforcement to foster an environment where the reporting of hate crimes feels safe. We will work to build new and lasting partnerships. We recognize that we can all do better in seeing, hearing, and respecting people for who they are.
Ensuring that all Mainers are treated fairly and with respect, and in accordance with federal law, is among the highest priorities of my office.”
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