Resources for TGNC Prisoners and Their Allies


If you are in prison, please use this list to find support or ask questions about your rights behind bars. If you are not in prison yourself but want to get involved in advocating for TGNC incarcerated people, consider reaching out to one of these groups or being a pen pal. Or contact the Transgender Rights Project, Lambda Legal’s initiative to win equality for TGNC people in all areas of life, through impact litigation, policy development and public education ( or 866-542-8336).

The ACLU’s National Prison Project works to ensure that prisons, jails and other places of detention comply with the Constitution, domestic law and international human rights principles. ( or 212-549-2500)
Black and Pink is a network of LGBTQ pen pals that also produces a newsletter of stories, advice and essays about being LGBT in prison. ( or
The Columbia Human Rights Law Review compiles A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, which contains information about “challenging your conviction or your sentence, your rights while you are in prison and different ways to obtain an early release from prison.” (
This health and human rights organization battles sexual abuse and supports survivors, including TGNC individuals, in all forms of detention. ( or 202-506-3333 or
NCTE fights discrimination and violence against transgender people in prison and beyond, and has published “LGBT People and the Prison Rape Elimination Act” ( ( or 202-903-0112 or
The PRC provides information about implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in the U.S. corrections system, including current research and updates about local staff training programs. (
SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project provides legal services to improve the conditions of confinement and reduce the number of people held in prison and jail, and also helps develop guidelines on classification and care of transgender individuals. SRLP’s Prisoner’s Advisory Committee (PAC) asks incarcerated people for policy input and circulates a newsletter. ( 212-337-8550 or
This is a collective of lawyers, social workers, activists and community organizers working for prison abolition, transformative justice and gender self-determination. ( or 773-272-1822 or
The TGIJP mission is to challenge human rights abuses committed against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer and intersex (TGI) people in California prisons and beyond. TGIJP helps out low-income transgender people both inside and outside of prison; volunteers respond to letters from incarcerated people. ( or 510-533-3809 or

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