Carol Machado

Brazilian trans-gender activist, known as Carol Machado, was shot, on 18 October 2018, one day after her birthday. The murder took place in Xaxim, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

After the killing, her body was left on the edge of the rural road and was found lifeless at 7 am.

She was well known for her commitment to the struggle for LGBTI rights.  Carol Machado worked as secretary general of an organization called National Union (UNA) LGBT in Xanxerê, Santa Catarina.

According to the organisation Carol had legally changed her name a short time before the attack and if it hadnt been for this tragic event she would have continued her studies.

Moreover, the political party called PSOL (Xanxerê) issued a statement of symnpathy in relation to Carol’s death.

According to information from “Tudo sobre xanxere” at the time of reporting an inquiry had been started

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Department/Province/State:Santa Catarina

Sex1:Trans woman


Date of Killing:19/10/2018

Previous Threats:No information

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

Type of Work:NGO member

Organisation:UNA LGBT

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights, ESC Rights

Sector Detail:LGBTI, Transgender rights

More information:Front Line 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).