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New Obama Initiative for LGBTQ Prisoners

Today, the Obama administration announced new rules designed to launch a major offensive to help stop the epidemic of sexual violence in the nation’s prison system and youth detention system. The rules, released by the Department of Justice (DOJ), aim to “prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in confinement facilities.” The new rules—and a new report from DOJ that was also released today—recognize that sexual violence is an especially urgent issue for LGBTQ youth in juvenile justice...

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Federal Bureau of Prisons Makes Major Change in Transgender Medical Policy

(San Francisco, CA, September 30, 2011)—A settlement was announced today in the case of Vanessa Adams, a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmate at FMC Butner in North Carolina, who has gender identity disorder (GID). Adams sued BOP in order to receive appropriate treatment for her GID. Adam’s challenge to BOP’s treatment of transgender prisoners has resulted in BOP ending its so-called “freeze frame” policy in which treatment for any person with GID is kept frozen at the level provided at the...

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NCLR Responds to Execution of Troy Davis by the State of Georgia

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. (San Francisco, CA, September 22, 2011)—Late last night, the State of Georgia executed Troy Davis for the 1989 murder of Savannah Policeman Mark MacPhail even though seven witnesses from his trial recanted their testimony and no physical evidence linked him to the crime, and despite petitions signed by hundreds of thousands of people on his behalf. Davis maintained his innocence up until his execution. Statement by NCLR Executive Director...

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Supreme Court Rules on Title VII! Give now & Celebrate!