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Guide provides vital information for transgender prisoners
From a press release

( San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014 )—Today, 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:

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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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