This workshop will focus on current legislative and organizing efforts to combat the discrimination and mistreatment experienced by TGNCNBI people incarcerated in prisons and jails. Despite progressive legislation protecting against gender identity discrimination in some states, almost all transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people are housed in prisons or jails based on sex assigned at birth in violation of their constitutional rights and federal laws and perpetuating the high rates of sexual abuse and assault experienced by this community behind bars. However, this past September, California passed the Transgender Respect, Agency, and Dignity Act (SB132), landmark legislation that requires correctional agencies to make housing decisions based on where TGNCNB people believe they will be safest. Similar efforts are underway to pass New York’s Gender Identity Respect, Dignity, and Safety Act. This panel will feature formerly incarcerated people and advocates working on these bills and the challenges faced in these efforts, as well as updates on related litigation across the country.
Speakers: Grace Detrevarah (The Osborne Association); Erin Harrist (Legal Aid Society (NYC)); Mik Kinkead (The Legal Aid Society (NYC)); Bamby Salcedo (TransLatin@ Coalition); Amy Whelan (National Center for Lesbian Rights)