Today, the New York City Council’s Task Force on Issues Facing Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, and Intersex (TGNCNBI) People in Custody released its long-awaited report on the crisis facing TGNCNBI people in New York City jails, as reported by THE CITY/WNYC/Gothamist.
The report’s findings reveal a jail system that renders these individuals invisible, and therefore extremely vulnerable to the worst harms of arrest, incarceration, abuse, and neglect. It recommends the following broad actions:
“The report and its findings should alarm all New Yorkers,” said Mik Kinkead, a staff attorney with the LGBTQ+ Law and Policy Unit at The Legal Aid Society, and a member of the Task Force. “There is a clear pattern and practice of discrimination against TGNCNBI people.”
“Our clients feel this on the ground when they are denied correct housing or deprived of basic respect, safety and dignity, but this is system-wide and we see it in the lack of transparent directives, the lack of DOC engagement on the Task Force, and the lack of acknowledgment from DOC officials when we alert them that our clients are being harmed,” he continued. “This report makes clear that the City is wholly incapable of caring for the TGNCNBI New Yorkers in its charge, and we call on City Hall, prosecutors, elected officials, and other stakeholders in government to work with us to immediately facilitate the decarceration of this community from Rikers Island and other area facilities.”
Last Updated: 15 August 2022
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