Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project
Since it’s start in 2001, the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project has been a leader in addressing the needs of the trans* (transgender and gender noncomforming people) community through the expansion of rights in the legislative and policy arenas.
We know that might sound wonky, but it’s really not. The short story is that the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project provides legislative, policy and strategy assistance to activists, state and local organizations, and even lawmakers who are all working to pass transgender-inclusive or transgender-friendly laws and policies. This includes drafting and analyzing the actual legislative and policy language. We also trains people about effectively lobbying and providing policy-related testimony in legislative settings, like hearings.
Featured Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Accomplishments
- Increased the percentage of the population covered by gender identity-inclusive nondiscrimination laws from approximately 5% to over 50%, since 2001
- Worked with activists nationwide to help pass local and state laws, and collaborated with over 100 local, state, or national organizations, college campuses, and corporations to enact transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination policies
- Published Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the first nationwide survey documenting discrimination against transgender people, in collaboration with the National Center for Transgender Equality
- Won transgender-inclusion in the 2009 Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
The Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project also addresses the emerging needs of the trans* community. Unfortunately there are still high levels of violence directed at trans* people, so the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project has introduced several initiatives focused on violence and hate crimes.
The Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Anti-Violence Initiative
If you are trans*, you know that you face the threat of violence in all aspects of your lives. (And if you’re not trans* yourself, this problem is something that you need to know about.) According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 1 in 4 trans* people have experienced violence in schools, at work, in interactions with police, at homeless shelters, accessing public accommodations, and in jails and prisons. They’ve even been targets of violence by their own families.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) reported an increase in the number of reports of LGBTQ and HIV-affected hate violence from 10.51% to 13.14% among trans* hate-violence survivors between 2012 and 2013.
All of this is simply unacceptable.
It’s because of all these incredible – but unfortunately true – facts that the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project has created the Anti-Violence Initiative to help reduce and prevent anti-transgender violence.
The Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Goals
- Decrease and prevent violence against trans* people by training state and local activists and organizations to educate their community members about the main challenges such as under employment, unemployment, pervasive violence to name a few that are faced by the trans* community and that gave rise to the high level of violence that’s directed toward the community
- Create programs that empower communities to effectively use available resources to respond to cases of hate violence
- Provide training to the community, public officials and members of law enforcement to address the needs of the trans* communities they serve
Contact the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project
The Task Force’s Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project provides assistance to organizers, activists, legislators, policymakers, law enforcement and anyone who is working to ensure equality for trans* people. To contact Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán, Director of the Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project, e-mail vrodriquezroldan@theTaskForce.org.