*TRANSGENDER WOMAN RAPE SURVIVOR SUES CALIFORNIA STATE PRISON SYSTEM*
Article on Alexis Giraldo in the latest Bay Area Reporter http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=1957
Community United Against Violence (CUAV) and the Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) are encouraging community individuals, groups, and social justice organizations to show their support for Ms. Alexis Giraldo. Ms. Giraldo is a young Latina transgender woman in the California prison system. For three months Ms. Giraldo repeatedly sought protection from prison staff after her cellmate threatened to rape her. After numerous denied requests for assistance, Ms. Giraldo’s cellmate raped her in early 2006. She is suing the state of California for failing to protect her. Ms. Giraldo is asking the court to require the State of California to develop guidelines to better protect transgender people in prison.
*CUAV and TGIJP are requesting community presence and attendance at Ms. Giraldo’s trial.
* Community presence in court will demonstrate our belief that the state must be held accountable for continually placing our community in life-threatening danger.
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