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Criminal Justice System & Prisons News

June 8, 2016

MA Policy on State PD Enforcing Fed Immigration Policy Would Negatively Impact LGBTQ Immigrants

Statement of Janson Wu, Executive Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement that he will authorize state police to engage in federal immigration enforcement raises particular concerns for the LGBTQ community.  Janson Wu, Executive Director of …

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May 4, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case Concerning Medical Care of Transgender Woman in Prison

The U.S. Supreme Court declined today to hear an appeal on behalf of Michelle Kosilek, a transgender woman who has been denied essential health care while serving a prison sentence in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC). The denial marks the end of the road legally in …

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March 16, 2015

Advocates Ask Supreme Court to Hear Case Concerning Medical Care for Transgender Woman in Prison

Petition Asserts First Circuit Disregarded its Proper Role

Lawyers today petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal on behalf of Michelle Kosilek, a transgender woman who has been denied essential health care while serving a prison sentence in the custody of the Massachusetts Department …

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December 16, 2014

GLAD Appalled by Appeals Court Ruling that Dept. of Corrections Can Deny Care to Transgender Woman

The full First Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed an earlier ruling that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide Michelle Kosilek, an incarcerated transgender woman, medically-necessary gender reassignment surgery.

The decision was divided, with a 3-2 majority and two sharply worded …

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March 14, 2014

GLAD Urges 1st Circuit to Affirm Medically Necessary Care for Transgender Prisoner

GLAD submitted a brief today to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Kosilek v. Spencer, supporting the right of an incarcerated transgender woman to receive medically necessary care to treat her severe gender identity disorder (GID).

On January 17, 2014, the First Circuit Court of …

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January 17, 2014

Ruling in Favor of Treatment for Transgender Inmate Upholds Important Constitutional Principle

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) welcomed the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Commonwealth cannot deny Michelle Kosilek, an incarcerated transgender woman, gender reassignment surgery to treat her severe gender dysphoria.

The 2-1 decision in Kosilek v. Spencer read in …

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September 11, 2013

GLAD Launches Website for LGBTQ & HIV Positive Youth in New England

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has launched a new website to empower young LGBTQ and HIV positive people in New England with valuable information about their legal rights in school, sports, GSAs, work, foster care, the juvenile justice system and more.  The URL is …

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September 3, 2013

Introducing GLAD Answers: Our Updated Legal Information Line

GLAD today unveiled “GLAD Answers”, an updated version of our venerable Legal InfoLine. GLAD Answers is an information and referral service that GLAD has run since our inception, in recent years receiving more than 2,000 inquiries annually from LGBT people and people living with HIV.

The new …

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September 30, 2011

Federal Bureau of Prisons Makes Major Change in Transgender Medical Policy

A settlement was announced today in the case of Vanessa Adams, a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmate at FMC Butner in North Carolina who has gender identity disorder (GID). Ms. Adams sued BOP in order to receive appropriate treatment for her GID.

Ms. Adam’s challenge to BOP’s treatment of …

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June 8, 2010

Incarcerated Transgender Woman Can Pursue Case for Medical Care

A U.S. district court judge in Massachusetts has denied the government’s request to dismiss the case of Vanessa Adams, a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmate with gender identity disorder (GID). For years, the BOP denied Ms. Adams treatment for her serious medical condition. As a result, Ms. …

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