Transgender prisoner resources

The trans community faces higher rates of incarceration than the general population, often for non-violent theft, drug offenses, and sex work. Once imprisoned, trans people face enormous challenges, including higher rates of assault and sexual assault, difficulties with access to health services, and sometimes questions about which gender specific facility is appropriate. Policies and procedures vary significantly by state and country, and federal and military prisons often have differing policies as well. Below are some resources for trans prisoners and their friends and families.

Recommended contacts

I cannot personally assist trans prisoners, but I recommend contacting the following organizations:

LINK: ACLU National Prison Project

ACLU contact info

LINK: Transgender Law and Policy Institute

Criminal Justice System

LINK: National Center for Lesbian Rights

870 Market St.
Suite 370
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415.392.6257
Fax: 415.392.8442

LINK: Transgender Law Center

870 Market Street
Room 823
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 865-0176 (phone)
(877) 847-1278 (toll-free fax)

LINK: Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project

1322 Webster St. Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94612
Fax: 510-839-7615

LINK: Stop Prisoner Rape

3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 340
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (213) 384-1400

Online resources

LINK: Breaking out of the Prison Heirarchy: Transgender Prisoners, Rape, and the Eighth Amendment (PDF) by Christine Peek

LINK: Transsexual Prisoners by Mark Louis Brooks

LINK: To Keep Me Safe From Harm? Transgender Prisoners And The Experience Of Imprisonment by Richard Edney, Deakin Law Review

LINK: Resources for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Prisoners by Prison Book Program

LINK: Transsexual Prisoners by Transgender Law and Policy Institute

LINK: Fact Sheet: Rights of Transgender Prisoners by Courtney Joslin, Esq., National Center for Lesbian Rights

LINK: HMPS guideline proposals for transsexual prisoners (United Kingdom) By Kate More, Press for Change June 1996

LINK: Trans/Gender Variant in Prison Committee: A California Prison Focus Committee

LINK: Transgender Inmates via Justice Action (Australia)

LINK: Life in hell: In California prisons, an unconventional gender identity can be like an added sentence by Tali Woodward, San Francisco Bay Guardian

LINK: Transsexual Inmate Treatment Issues by Gianna E. Israel, Transgender Tapestry

LINK: Letter on Transgender Sexual Assaults to National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (PDF) by Transgender Law Center

LINK: Still in Danger: The Ongoing Threat of Sexual Violence Against Transgender Prisoners (PDF) by Stop Prisoner Rape

LINK: A Wild Elegance, a newsletter written and edited exclusively by and for male to female transsexual prisoners