A May 2009 Human Rights Watch report said there were 17 murders of transgender people -- many of them prostitutes -- from 2004 to 2008.
``Since the coup, there's been a noticeable uptick in violence,'' Brown said. ``There is a social breakdown and a breakdown in law enforcement. You walk into government offices and you get the sense that nobody is doing anything.''
Honduras is currently ruled by an interim government that took power after the military ousted the president at gunpoint. The former president is at the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, and much of the de facto government's attention the past few months has been focused on remaining in power.
A new administration takes over Jan. 27.
``It's not necessarily that people from the government are committing these crimes,'' Brown said, ``but it's clear that it's open season on this community.''....