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policeVictim or perpetrator, dealing with the police can be a daunting task at the best of times, but for transgender and gender questioning people it can hold an extra layer of stress. Institutionalised discrimination, the possibility of being 'outed', incarcerated with people the wrong sex, among people with little or no knowledge of trans people, high levels of prejudice among fellow inmates, police and corrective service staff all make for a highly stressful situation and one where the possibilities of further victimisation are plentiful.

The Law Enforcement page of the Gender Centre's website contains a number of articles about dealing with police, corrective services and the court system in relation to transgender and gender questioning people and in time this section will also include other resources such as books, book reviews, research papers, videos, links to other law enforcement related services and more. The articles below are just a few of the articles currently on the Law Enforcement page of this website.

A HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE

Article appeared in Polare 94, January 2013

In 2012, the U.S. District Court ordered that an inmate be provided with sex reassignment surgery. This article rationalises the decision in the context of rights of inmates to medical treatment in situations of necessity ... 

THE SYSTEM HAS NO UNDERSTANDING OFF.T.M.S

Article appeared in Polare 2, December 1993

Being a Female to Male tranny in the prison system makes it very hard for people to relate to me. The knowledge they have of trannies is of being male to female, never having thought at all about Female to Male's... 

TRANSGENDER WOMEN IN U.S. PRISONS

Article appeared in Polare 71, April 2007

This award-winning documentary makes an examination of transgender women in men's prisons. These transgender women describe their experiences undergoing inhumane and humiliating treatment including rape, violence, solitary confinement and denial of medial care ... 

TAKING MATTERS INTO HER OWN HANDS

Article appeared in Polare 45, April 2002

Carolyn decided to write this article after taking retaliatory action against a local teenager that was abusing her in a shopping centre. She reports that the incident was treated very negatively by police and then arrested for assault, finger printed and then locked up ...

TRANSGENDER PRISONERS FACE DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND ABUSE ABOVE AND BEYOND THAT OF OTHER PRISONERS

Article appeared in Polare 66, January 2006

Among the most marginalised people in theU.S., transgender people in prison confound an ill-prepared system. Housed based on genitalia, they are harassed, beaten, raped, extorted, pimped, intimidated, manipulated, threatened, and humiliated by both officers and inmates ...

HARASSED ON A TRAIN, TREATED WITH RESPECT BY POLICE

Article appeared in Polare 28, December 1998

While returning home from her monthly laser treatment, Terri was assaulted by a group of five Manchester United football supporters. In this article she explains that she was treated with total respect by the police, hospital staff and the other people who helped her ... 

ENCOUNTERS WITH THE POLICE

Article appeared in Polare 39, October 2000

Assessment of research into trans people who have experienced violence, the low reportage of this violence to police, and a suggestion that police attitudes serve to inhibit the compilation of statists that might assist trans people to gain access to services and resources ... 

MARIKA TAKES PERPETRATOR TO COURT

Article appeared in Polare 99, May 2014

Marika proves to herself and others that we don't have to just let things go when we're subjected to threats of violence and/or sexual vilification because relevant laws, as they currently stand are there to protect us, and we should take advantage of this ...

WINNING HER APPEAL FOR HER REASSIGNMENT SURGERY

Article appeared in Polare 93, October 2012

Michelle Kosilek, a convicted murderer in a Massachusetts jail, has caused some controversy by winning her appeal for her reassignment surgery to be paid for by the State, based on the Eighth Amendment which forbids "cruel and unusual punishment" ... 

TRANSGENDER PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF DIVERSE GENDER IDENTITIES ARE AT RISK OF EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE EVERY DAY

Article appeared in Polare 96, July 2013

Tahlia, the new Transgender Anti-Violence Project (T.A.V.P.) Officer at the Gender Centre explains what is and isn't counted as violence and tells us what to do if we suspect that we have been the recipient of violence ... 

NEED FOR STATISTICS, FURTHER RESEARCH AND CONSISTENT POLICY DEVELOPMENT

Article appeared in Polare 89, October 2011

While there are only a small number of transgender inmates in the Australian prison system, these inmates are at high risk of assault and/or self-harm. It is therefore important that there are policies and procedures in place for the management of transgender inmates ...

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES IN TRANSSEXUAL'S FAVOUR

Article appeared in Polare 29, February 1999

Transsexual woman Torey South will receive damages from the California State Department of Corrections after U.S. District Judge David Levi ruled that prison officials had acted with deliberate indifference to her medical need in cutting her access to hormone treatment ... 

 
 
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