In May 2019, UPLC and the MacArthur Justice Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of Tay Tay, a transgender woman who has been locked in men's prisons for over 15 years. During this time, the Illinois Department of Corrections has failed to keep her safe, and she has survived endless threats, harassment and assaults. We are fighting to have her moved to a women's prison immediately!
Attorneys: Alan Mills, Elizabeth Mazur (Uptown People's Law Center), Sheila A. Bedi, Vanessa del Valle (MacArthur Justice Center)
Date Filed: May 14, 2019
Court: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Case Number: 19 C 00501
Transgender prisoners are almost never housed according to their identity, an investigation found.
That’s putting many in danger.
When recent news reports revealed that a number of Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) staff maintained a private Facebook group they used to dehumanize, taunt and degrade transgender prisoners and people of color, we were not surprised.
Tay Tay claims state prison officials ignored her sexual assault and then threatened her.
A transgender inmate is suing the Illinois’ Department of Corrections, arguing it hasn’t done enough to protect her from abuse. She is also requesting a transfer to a female prison.
Lawyers for the MacArthur Justice Center and Uptown People’s Law Center filed suit on Tuesday on the woman’s behalf, who is referred to by the pseudonym “Tay Tay” in the filing, the AP reports.
A transgender inmate at the Danville Correctional Center is suing the Illinois Department of Corrections to be transferred to a women's prison, after allegedly suffering years of abuse from prisoners and staff.
A second transgender woman is suing the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to be transferred to a women’s prison.
Identified only by the pseudonym ‘Tay Tay’, lawyers at the MacArthur Justice Center and Uptown People’s Law Center filed the lawsuit for Tay Tay on Tuesday (14 May).
“As a result of the IDOC’s systemic failure to keep trans women in custody safe from sexual violence, Tay Tay has survived attacks, threats and constant harassment.”