There’s been a dramatic increase of anti-transgender violence over the last year. Therefore, The American Medical Association (AMA) is adopting new policies to address the issue. These new polices will focus on preventing anti-transgender violence. In addition, they aim to bring national attention to the growing issue.
The AMA is the premier national physician organization in the country and meet annually. They identify emerging health care issues each year.
“According to available tracking, fatal anti-transgender violence in the U.S. is on the rise and most victims were black transgender women…better data collection by law enforcement is needed to create strategies that will prevent anti-transgender violence. said AMA Board Member S. Bobby Mukkamala, M.D.
The AMA’s new polices focus on preventing anti-transgender violence. However, they highlight the larger issues of discrimination and physical dangers faced by the LGBTQ community.
- Form partnerships with other medical organizations and stakeholders to educate members of the public, legislatures and law enforcement using verified data on hate crimes against transgender individuals and highlight the disproportionate number fatal attacks on black transgender women.
- Advocate for consistent collection and reporting of data on hate crimes across all levels of law enforcement that includes demographic information on a victim’s birth sex and gender identity.
- Advocate for a central law enforcement database to collect data on reported hate crimes that correctly identifies a victim’s birth sex and gender identity.
- Advocate for stronger law enforcement policies regarding interactions with transgender individuals in order to prevent bias and mistreatment and increase community trust.
- Advocate for local, state, and federal efforts that will increase access to mental health treatment and address the health disparities that LGBTQ individuals experience.
The policy was unanimously supported in committee testimony, then adopted by the full House of Delegates an AMA spokesperson stated.
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