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NCLR and ACLU’s Guide for Transgender Prisoners

NCLR and ACLU’s Guide for Transgender Prisoners

NCLR and ACLU’s Guide for Transgender Prisoners
February 08
20:39 2015

NCLR and ACLU’s New “Know Your Rights” Guide
Provides Vital Information for Transgender Prisoners

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have released “Know Your Rights: Laws, Court Decisions, and Advocacy Tips to Protect Transgender Prisoners,” a new guide that provides vital information for transgender prisoners. Download the guide here.

NCLR attorneys litigate on behalf of incarcerated transgender people across the country to protect their rights to safety and medical care. And while we have been successful in court, prisons continue to subject transgender people to severe abuses, including leaving them unprotected from violence and sexual assault, denying them necessary medical care, and placing them in solitary confinement for their “protection” for months, years and even decades.

The guide is divided into seven sections:

The Prison Rape Elimination Act
Safety and Protection from Violence
Medical Care
Housing and Administrative Segregation
Searches and Privacy
Safely Preserving and Enforcing Your Rights

Said Amy Whelan, NCLR Senior Staff Attorney and guide co-author: “Transgender prisoners endure horrific conditions in our nation’s prisons and jails, including extreme sexual and physical violence, denial of basic medical care, and unsafe living conditions. Yet their stories of survival and resiliency are inspiring. This guide is intended to help transgender prisoners navigate some of the most common and dangerous situations that put them at risk of harm and abuse.”

Download the “Know Your Rights” guide.

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The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

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