Today, HRC released the following statement after news reports that the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia announced that they have opened a joint investigation into the Georgia Department of Corrections’ (GDC) treatment of transgender and gay prisoners.
“We are pleased to see that the troubling scourge of violence and abuse suffered by transgender and gay inmates in Georgia is finally getting a full investigation by the DOJ. We have long known that transgender people in particular experience unacceptably high rates of abuse and mistreatment while in confinement facilities,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “As a country, we must do so much more to ensure that inmates do not face inexcusable abuse while they are in confinement.”
The announcement comes after several accusations of abuse against transgender and gay inmates of the GDC. One of the most high profile has been the case of Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman of color, who sued GDC in federal court alleging that the prison failed to stop other inmates from sexually assaulting her, and that she had been denied medical treatment for gender dysphoria. Diamond has entered into a settlement with GDC.