Charlottesville, VA, December 26, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Growing concerns about Sage (DaShad) Smith, a local Trans-Youth, last seen on November 20, 2012.
19 year old Sage (DaShad) Smith was last seen in Charlottesville, Virginia on November 20, 2012 in the 500 block of West Main Street. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark-gray sweatpants, a black scarf and gray boots and a piercing above her left eyebrow according to local police. Erik McFadden was brought in for questioning and has since been released.
Since her disappearance Sage’s family has had to spend the Thanksgiving holiday, her 20th birthday, and now what seems will be the Christmas holiday without her as well. Authorities have recently turned their investigation to a landfill near Richmond, VA. The family of the missing youth is trying to maintain hope that they will see their loved one for Christmas.
The local chapter of the National Organization Black Transmen, Inc. has been following the case since the beginning. Offering support to the family during this difficult time Black Transmen, Inc. has attended events to bring awareness of Sages’ disappearance, and has deployed members to disseminate information about her disappearance. Black Transmen, Inc. advocates for social justice and equal access to services through education. This is an all too common occurrence for transgender people, transgender people of color, and specifically transgender women of color. The time is now to put policies in place to protect transgender and gender non-confirming persons.
If anyone has any information regarding Sages’ disappearance please call:
Charlottesville Police Department at 434.977.9041 or
Black Transmen, Inc. at 1.855.BLK.TMEN
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