Laverne Cox launched a media campaign in support of transwoman Synthia China Blast

Who was convicted for the rape, murder and abuse of the corpse of thirteen-year-old Ebony Nicole Williams. The original video has since been made private (and eventually deleted, per request). Watch Cox read the entire letter aloud and read the full petition demands here. A petition has since been started in request to remove Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black.

Meanwhile, Sylvia Rivera Law Project continues to lend its support.

SRLP will continue to pursue our End Solitary campaign as solitary confinement is torture. SRLP will continue to support Synthia’s removal from isolation and her access to educational programming inside prison. More broadly, SRLP will continue to push for policies that reduce the violence experienced by our incarcerated community members because we do not believe that any of our community members’ lives are disposable. Further, we do not believe that exiling community members who inflict harm will do anything to keep our communities safer. We do hope this process pushes forward conversations about transformative justice that do not decide who is deserving and undeserving of gender self-determination and safety.

Laverne's official statement from her Tumblr:

When I agreed to participate in a recent Sylvia Rivera Law Project campaign, which involved me reading a letter from a member of their Prisoner Advisory Committee, I was not aware of the charges for which she was convicted. If I had been aware of those charges, I would have never agreed to read the letter.

To everyone who has been a supporter of me and my work, as well as for those who have found inspiration in my story, it is important for me to let you know that I have never, nor would I ever, support abuse or violence against anyone, especially a child like Ebony Nicole Williams. This is something I unequivocally do not support.

My intention was to highlight the horrific conditions many trans people experience during incarceration — to shed a light where often there is only darkness.

News excerpt from the original 1993 news report (warning: graphic).

The two men, identified as Luis Morales of the Bronx and Carlos Franco, 20, of Brooklyn, face charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and reckless endangerment. The police said the girl also may have been raped and slashed before her body was set ablaze. Although her death has been ruled a homicide, the exact cause has yet to be determined.

"One guy claimed he did the rape and slashing," the official said. "And then he was enlisting people to help him move the body, and she was moaning. And that's when another person stomped on her neck." Packed Into Box

Investigators believe the girl was killed in an apartment in Hunts Point. Her body was then placed in a plastic bag and packed into a large cardboard box, and the two men then had the third person help them carry the box several blocks, the official said. The identity of the third person was not revealed, and was it not clear whether this person witnessed the murder. It also was not immediately known whether there would be other arrests.

The box was discarded under the Sheridan Expressway near the Bruckner Expressway at East 165th Street and Whitlock Avenue. About three hours later, the police said, one killer returned and set fire to the box.