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Four Black girls or women were killed every day last year in America

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Story at a glance

  • Homicides rose 29 percent as a whole from 2019 to 2020.
  • In 2020, 1,440 Black women or girls were killed in the United States, totaling to about four Black women and girls killed per day.
  • This marked the largest single-year increase in homicides recorded in the U.S.

In 2020, 1,440 Black women or girls were killed in the United States, totaling to about four Black women and girls killed per day, according to statistics released last week by the FBI.

Of the 3,573 female homicide victims in the U.S. in 2020, 1,904 were white, 1,440 were Black, and 470 were Hispanic or Latino. However, because not all reporting agencies provide data on race and ethnicity, some race and ethnicity totals do not equally correspond with the total number of victims.

In Baltimore in 2020, the city recorded its highest number of women killed, reporting at least 48 women who were victims of homicide, a majority of whom were Black.


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Data collected by the Human Rights Campaign further exemplifies this statistical trend, as a majority of the 44 transgender or gender-nonconforming people killed in 2020 were Black transgender women.

The FBI’s Sept. 27 release of its annual Uniform Crime Report shows a steep increase in homicides in 2020, with homicides rising 29 percent as a whole from 2019 to 2020. 

This marked the largest single-year increase in homicides recorded in the U.S. since the FBI first began tracking violent crime and homicide statistics in the 1960s.


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