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Jade Camila Díaz

6 Nov 2019
Rio Torola, Meanguera (El Salvador)

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Jade Camila Díaz
Jade Camila Díaz [photo:]

Jade's body was found in a bag weighed down with stones in the Rio Torola river on Saturday 9th November. She had been missing since 6th November.

Jade was a community leader who lived in Lolotiquillo and was creating a transgender women's collective in San Francisco Gotera, the provincial capital of Morazán state. She had also worked on forced displacement and migration issues, which particularly affect the trans community.

Jade, a transgender woman who had been missing since Wednesday, was found murdered in the Torola River, in a section of the channel that passes between the municipalities of Osicala and Meanguera in the department of Morazán.

Her body was seen in the river by residents who circulated around the place and gave notice to the National Civil Police (PNC) this Saturday morning.

Her photograph had been disseminated through social networks this week in an attempt to gain clues to her whereabouts. Attorney General Raul Melara also shared the alert and said that the institution's teams were active in the search.

“DISAPPEARED - Jade Camila Díaz, was last seen on November 6 at 6:00 pm when she left her house dressed in blue shorts and a white tank top. Any information, at 2564 5029 or on the COMCAVIS TRANS EL SALVADOR Fanpage”, was read in the image disseminated by the non-governmental organization that has represented trans women in the country for a little over a decade.

On the morning of that Wednesday when Jade would be last seen alive, Attorney General Raul Melara spoke of "an approximate eight daily complaints" of disappearances in El Salvador and mentioned that in the first six days of November they had warned of 23 missing people. But he assured that a "considerable percentage are found alive."

“Not all the disappeared end up in homicide, many of the disappeared are because they migrated to another country, especially to the United States, others appear in the day, others left with the boyfriend or girlfriend, escaped from home, left home, other elders have been found on the street, there are a variety of reasons why a person disappears, ” President Nayib Bukele also said in a message on the first day of November in which he highlighted the reduction in murders achieved in his administration and in He who tried to explain that the disappearance of a person in El Salvador is not synonymous with death, only in a part of the cases, such as Jade's.

Several Twitter accounts of people involved in defending the rights of the LGBTI community (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersexuals) ensure that the body had signs of torture. The PNC has not confirmed the information.

They did reveal that part of their body was inserted in a bag, within which there were stones.

Jade, whose name according to the National Registry of Natural Persons (RNPN) is [deadname] Díaz, resided in the municipality of Lolotiquillo, near the location where she was found dead.

Just two weeks ago, the LGBTI community had been beaten with the murder of another of its members on Los Heroes Boulevard in San Salvador. The crime transcended by the particularity with which it had been committed, because the victim, held from a vehicle, was dragged along the road to her death.

Jade Camila Diaz was the 47th trans person to be murdered in El Salvador without a single conviction since 2005 - despite the legislature passed a law enhancing penalties for hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity in that year.

Jade's Facebook profile is

Report added: 10 Nov 2019. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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