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Working with transgender survivors of sexual abuse in detention

July 11, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Archived Recording

(Originally recorded July 11, 2013)


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The national Prison Rape Elimination Act standards create exciting new opportunities for providing effective services to currently incarcerated transgender survivors of sexual abuse. All available data indicates that transgender people in detention – particularly transgender women – are exceptionally vulnerable to sexual abuse. Learn about the latest research, conditions that contribute to this vulnerability, and steps you can take to meet these survivors’ needs and advocate for their safety.


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ChrisDaleyChris Daley is the Deputy Executive Director of Just Detention International’s Washington DC office.  He works on federal and state policy issues advocating for effective government action to end the crisis of sexual abuse in detention. Chris works with survivors, other advocates, elected officials, the White House, and executive agencies to implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act across the country. He also works with state elected officials and local advocates to plan and pass meaningful reform on the state level. Chris is an attorney and a founder of the Transgender Law Center. He has also worked in private practice in California and Indiana.

michael munson is the co-founder and Executive Director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. His educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis in trauma. Munson’s work on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals is groundbreaking, stressing the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their clients/constituents.

Loree Cook-Daniels has been training about and working on policy changes to better address the needs of members of the transgender community since 1995. Prior to that, she worked for more than a decade on elder abuse and domestic violence issues. The two came together in 2004, when FORGE founded its Transgender Sexual Violence Project.


This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K121 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.



July 11, 2013
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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