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Fri Jul 12, 2019, 03:49 AM

A trans woman who was repeatedly raped in a men's prison just won a major settlement

A transgender woman who faced discrimination, assault, and rape in a men’s prison in Colorado just won a settlement with the state. Her lawyer said that the settlement is “a very important step that the state of Colorado has taken to acknowledge this community.”

Lindsay Saunders-Velez, 21, was put in prison in 2017 for violating the terms of a plea deal, and she was sent to a men’s facility.

According to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, where transgender inmates are housed is determined on a “case-by-case basis.”

But according to her lawsuit, Saunders-Velez faced discrimination from staff and violence from other inmates. Staff deadnamed her and refused to use “she” pronouns when referring to her.


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