Carlos de Jesus Baez Torres (Karla)

Carlos de Jesus Baez Torres, a trans-gender woman better known as Karla, was shot dead on Sunday, January 1, 2017 when she was walking down the street. Unidentified men on a van called her by her nickname and when she approached them, they shot her.

Karla was a social leader of the LGTBI+ community in Cucuta. She was an active member of Asociación de Chicas Trans de Norte de Santander (Asotrasnor), an organisation dedicated to defending the rights of the homeless, conflict victims and sex workers. She was well known for her high-level campaigning and commitment to the struggle for LGBTI rights in the capital of North Santander, as well as for her determination to defend the rights of transgender women in the LGTBI+ community at national level.

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Department/Province/State:Norte de Santander


Sex1:Trans woman


Date of Killing:01/01/2017

Previous Threats:Yes

Gender component to killing:Evidence of gender-based and/or sexual violence

Type of Work:Social leader

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Freedom of Expression, LGBTI, Minority Rights

More information:Frontline Defenders

1This database records an individual's chosen gender identity. If they do not self-identify as male or female they can use the option of recording other/neither or use the term NBGI (non binary gender identity).