Task Force Statement: Release of CeCe McDonald

January 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 — "CeCe McDonald¹s plight is evidence again that our criminal justice system must be reformed. Most people would find it unthinkable that a woman would be imprisoned in a jail for men. As our report 'Injustice at Every Turn' shows, trans women of color such as CeCe face shocking levels of physical violence and discrimination by the police, the courts and the prison system. The truth is CeCe McDonald shouldn't have spent any time behind bars in the face of racist, homophobic, and transphobic slurs and the physical attack on her. The actions she took clearly appeared to be actions of self-defense. Her story should be a wake-up call for our nation."

 Rev. Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


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