Thousands of transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex and non-binary people are incarcerated in jails and prisons across the country. They face unique challenges and and disproportionate abuse while they are incarcerated. Extensive published studies on conditions of confinement for incarcerated transgender people confirm that this population is one of, if not the most, vulnerable population of incarcerated people. Surveys repeatedly show overwhelming experiences of sexual assault, violence, and harassment against incarcerated transgender people because of one’s perceived or actual gender identity or sexual orientation. Our own data and client anecdotes confirm this: virtually all of our incarcerated transgender clients housed in facilities not aligned with their gender identity have experienced some form of sexual assault, violence, or harassment based on their gender identity or expression. This panel will focus on those unique challenges, provide best practice tips for practitioners directly representing incarcerated TGNCINB people, and use the NYC Department of Correction as a case study in the types of reforms which have been successful, and those that have not been successful. The panelists are all NYC based advocates who have been working on reforming the NYC Department of Correction for years.
Speakers: Ceyenne Doroshow (G.L.I.T.S.); Lynly S. Egyes (Transgender Law Center); Mik Kinkead (The Legal Aid Society); Deborah Lolai (Bronx Defenders); Elizabeth Munsky (New York City Department of Correction)
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