Interactions with Law Enforcement and Transgender Peoples' Rights in Prisons/Jails

Hear from formerly incarcerated transgender individuals about their experiences with law enforcement, their experience while incarcerated, and journey throughout the reentry process. Legal experts will present the current state of pending litigation and prisoners' rights, and the session will close by outlining resources for advocates seeking to update department and facility policies on interacting with transgender individuals.

Intended audience(s)

This workshop is meant for advocates interested in prisoners’ rights and police reform. The resources we will share are meant for advocates at every level of experience in these areas. Those interested in technical assistance to update department, agency, or facility policies on transgender interactions are especially encouraged to attend.

About the presenters

Mateo De La Torre

As the Racial and Economic Justice Policy Advocate at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) Mateo helps shape the organization’s advocacy and policy work for transgender people of color and those with low or no-income. He handles issues related to sex work, immigration and the criminal justice system.

Zahara Green

Zahara Green is the Founder and Executive Director of TRANScending Barriers, a trans-led group whose mission is to empower the transgender and gender non-conforming community in Georgia. Zahara is the board President of Black & Pink Inc, Deputy Director of Witness to Mass Incarceration, where she works to improve the PREA auditing process, and a formerly incarcerated trans women of color who spent 5 years incarcerated with most of her time in solitary confinement. Zahara specializes in reducing the the harms of the criminal punishment on transgender people.