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LGBT Prisoner Advocacy

STATUS: Ongoing | Nationwide

NCLR works at the local, state and federal levels to ensure that LGBT prisoners are as safely housed as possible and have access to life-saving medical care. LGBT people housed in prisons and jails face dire problems related to their sexuality and gender identity. They are often placed in segregated housing “for their own protection,”…

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Case: Adams v. Federal Bureau of Prisons et al.

STATUS: Victory, Massachusetts

The National Center for Lesbian Rights litigated and settled a case for Vanessa Adams that ensured proper treatment and healthcare for transgender prisoners housed in the federal prison system.

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Featured Policy & Legislation

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Policy: LGBT Prisoners

California

NCLR is working with correctional agencies in California to develop policies and procedures to protect the health and safety of LGBT prisoners. This work includes efforts to house transgender women in female housing units, ensuring transgender prisoners’ access to hormone therapy, and implementing policies and procedures that protect LGBT prisoners from sexual and physical violence.

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Legislation: Prison Rape Elimination Act

NCLR has worked for years on issues related to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law passed in 2003 to address sexual assault of prisoners. NCLR worked with the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) to ensure that protections are in place for kids held in juvenile facilities.

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Press Releases

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September 29, 2015

New Guide Promotes the Safety and Well-Being of LGBT Youth in the Justice System

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December 18, 2014

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

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