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Transgender Persons In Custody: The Legal Landscape – Register Now!
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Transgender Persons In Custody: The Legal Landscape

Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Training Broadcast at

March 29, 2017

9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET

Do you and your agency have questions about the management of transgender persons in custody? In response to this emerging correctional issue, the National Institute of Corrections is conducting a live internet broadcast designed to:

  • provide information to agency legal counsel and corrections professionals regarding transgender persons in custody and their presumptive legal rights;
  • demystify the issues surrounding policy and procedures decisions affecting this population; and
  • identify emerging challenges and opportunities to provide strategies for ensuring equity while maintaining safety and security.

During this live event, we will:

  • Address agencies questions regarding issues, barriers, challenges and practices that affect transgender persons in custody
  • Illustrate areas of greatest liability for agencies regarding transgender persons in custody
  • Determine areas to address in agency policy and procedure
  • Explain steps agencies should take to ensure the safety and security of this population while in custody

Presenters will also share recommendations and resources.

This broadcast will answer the following questions:

  • What is the current state of litigation regarding transgender persons in custody?
  • What legal rights do transgender persons in custody have?
  • What are the best and promising practices for safe and secure housing of transgender persons?
  • How can my agency provide reasonable accommodations for transgender persons in our custody?

Who Should Participate?

This broadcast is open to anyone and the following groups are especially encouraged to join this event.

  • Correctional Leaders and Administrators from Jails and Prisons (including Directors and Secretaries, Chief Deputies, Chiefs of Corrections, Chiefs of Staff/Administration, etc.)
  • Agency Chief Legal Counsel
  • State Correctional Associations
  • State and Regional Jail Associations
  • Correctional Risk Management Insurers
  • National Correctional Associations (ACA, AJA, NSA, etc.)
  • Jail and Prison Administrators
  • NIC General Counsel Network
  • NIC Large Jail Network
  • Reentry Coordinators
  • Community Organizations who partner with Jails and Prisons
  • Transgender Service Providers
  • Judges, legislators and other decision makers
  • Jail and Prison agency policy makers

Facilitation Team

Lorie Brisbin

Correctional Program Specialist / Project Manager

National Institute of Corrections

Julie Abate

Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section

Civil Rights Division, US DOJ

Hayley Gorenberg

National Deputy Legal Director

Lambda Legal

Ken Hyle

Senior Deputy General Counsel

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Brenda Smith

Law Professor, American University

Washington College of Law

Harper Jean Tobin

Director of Policy

National Center for Transgender Equality

Broadcast Logistics Information

Leslie S. LeMaster

Executive Producer, NIC Broadcasts

Academy Division

Posted Wed, Feb 15 2017 11:12 AM by Susan Powell


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