Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rally For Jane Doe

There will be a rally for Jane at Yale on Tuesday November 18th as part of Trans Week at Yale,

Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30pm
Yale’s Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC) Room 103
After you get your book signed by Janet Mock, stop over to the Justice for Jane Action to learn more about the case of Jane Doe, 16-year old trans Latina abused and imprisoned by DCF, and take action to support her now! Events include letter writing to Jane, a photo booth and a discussion about our next action.

Food will be provided!

Sponsored by Justice for Jane, Yale Undergraduate Prison Project, Party for Socialism and Liberation and the Office of LGBTQ Resources.
Jane Doe is just one of many children in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) who are being mis-gendered by the agency. There are dozens of trans-kids in their custody and DCF hasn’t any idea with what to do with them, some are properly gendered while most are not. If you want to help become a foster parent, contact True Colors and they will be able help to become a foster parent.

It is not just DCF that has no idea how to treat trans-people; usually trans-gender prisoners are kept in solitary confinement even though they did nothing to warrant the punishment. Solitary confinement is usually reserved for harden prisoners who violent in prison, however, trans-gender prisoner are kept in solitary because it is easiest for the prisons. They throw trans-prisons in there because the prisons don’t have to worry about keep us safe if we are in isolation. Many courts have found the practice to be cruel and usually punishment  and told the prisons to find other ways to keep trans-prisoners safe.

The New York Times had an article about the army refusing to provide Pvt. Chelsea Manning proper medical treatment.
Private Manning’s Missing Medical Care
By The Editorial Board
November 8, 2014

As a matter of constitutional rights and basic decency, prisoners — including military prisoners — are entitled to proper care for their serious medical conditions. Yet, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other officials continue to deny medically necessary care to Chelsea Manning, the military prisoner formerly known as Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was convicted in August 2013 of leaking a vast cache of classified government documents.
Transgender inmates are especially vulnerable to sexual assaults and special care must be taken to ensure their safety with accommodations like private showering, but without imposing an excessively isolated prison environment. Anger over Private Manning’s offense may add to safety worries. And it may be that the all-male prison at Fort Leavenworth is not the right institution for her. Civilian jails and prisons around the country are figuring out ways to meet the particular needs of transgender inmates. Surely, Mr. Hagel, who oversees the far more complicated logistics of war, can figure it out, too.
Surely DCF can also figure out out what is the proper treatment and care for the transgender children in their care.

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