Carlos de Jesus Baez Torres (Karla)

Carlos de Jesus Baez Torres known as “Karla” was a 31 year trans-gender woman and a leading member of the Cucuta LGTBI community in the Colombian City. 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




Date of Killing:01/01/2017

Previous Threats:Yes

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

Type of Work:Community leader


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

Sector Detail:Freedom of Expression, LGBTI, Minority Rights

More information:Frontline Defenders

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