Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Transgender Woman rape survivor sues california state prison SYSTEM

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. Unfortunately, the State Attorney General lawyers representing The Department of Corrections continue to refer to Ms. Alexis Giraldo as “he” and “him.”

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.

Ms. Giraldo, who will be present to give her own testimony, and her attorney Greg Walston, are requesting that the community attend the court proceedings and wear RED. RED has been chosen as a symbol of the hurt and pain caused by the violence and discrimination against our communities, as well as a way to express power in loving solidarity. On the behalf of Ms. Giraldo CUAV and TGIJP are also requesting that community members sit in silent solidarity in the courtroom. For more information about trial times and dates please go to:

When: The trial is tentatively set to start on Thursday July 5th, 2007 and a press conference is set for Monday July 9th, 2007 from 8:00am-9:30am outside the courthouse
Where: Civic Center Courthouse at 400 McAllister Street @ Polk, Room 206, in San Francisco
Time: The trial will continue every day from 9:30am to 5 pm until approximately July 11th.

Please Wear RED!

Please let CUAV & TGIJP know which dates and times you are able to attend by emailing Tina D’Elia, the Hate Violence Survivor Program Director at CUAV, or by calling Alexander Lee at TGIJP.

For more information:
Court Watch Coordinator (inquiries about participating in the court watch):
Tina D’Elia, Hate Violence Survivor Program Director at CUAV -

Court Case Coordinator (inquiries about the case):
Alexander Lee at TGIJP (510) 677-5500 for updates go to:

To learn more about the case also see last week's Bay Area Reporter for the article "TG prisoner sues corrections dept." that I wrote about this case.

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