A 16-year old transgender girl of color is being held in solitary confinement in an adult prison in Connecticut without criminal charges. Jane Doe, as she is known, has been in the custody of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families since the age of 5. She has experienced severe trauma in state custody and has acquired a disciplinary record over the years. Instead of addressing the sources of her trauma, the state decided to transfer her to an adult prison where she now sits in isolation.
You can learn more by watching yesterday’s Democracy Now! segment with Chase Strangio, staff attorney at the ACLU and former SRLP Director of Prisoner Justice: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/8/after_abuse_under_state_supervision_transgender
Jane Doe needs our support! Here’s what you can do:
1. Sign the Change.org petition in support of Jane’s transfer out of prison: http://t.co/jhhN27ESkf
2. Contact Governor Dannel Malloy and tell him that this teen should be released from prison, returned to state custody, and placed in a juvenile facility with youth of her expressed, not assigned, gender. Email him at Governor.Malloy@CT.gov and call him at (800) 406-1527.
3. Write a letter to Jane to show your support. Jane needs to know that folks care about her and are standing behind her, and you can get a letter to Jane through her attorney, Aaron Romano (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SRLP will send Jane Doe In Solidarity and a 2014 Calendar with art from our Prisoner Advisory Committee, along with notes of support from staff and community members from SRLP and our comrades at FIERCE, ALP, and SAS. Please join us and send your support and love!
READ: SRLP’s report It’s War In Here: A Report on Transgender People in Men’s Prisons