ACLU demands transgender woman be moved to women’s prison

Kanautica Zayre-Brown

The ACLU of North Carolina is demanding a transgender woman be transferred from where she is held among male prisoners at Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington.

Kanautica Zayre-Brown is a 37-year-old transgender woman serving a sentence for insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. She and her husband Dionne Brown have been trying to get her moved out of confinement with male prisoners due to concerns she will be assaulted.

Though many transgender people elect not to have any surgical procedures related to their transition, Zayre-Brown has had her breasts augmented and genitals altered as part of gender confirmation surgery.

The state has not thus-far recognized her gender change and continues to use her male name, which she has had legally changed.

“Every day she is housed among men, forced to shower in group showers for men, and subjected to the constant indignities and threats to her health and safety that come with being stripped of her core identity,” wrote Sneha Shah, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, in a letter to the Department of Public Safety on Tuesday.

Zayre-Brown’s requests to be transferred have so far been denied. She was also initially denied hormone hormone treatment.

“These gross violations of Mrs. Zayre-Brown’s constitutional rights are putting her at great risk of serious harm,” Shah wrote.

The ACLU is promising legal action if discussions to resolve the current situation do not begin by April 1.

Department of Public Safety officials say they have received and are reviewing the letter.

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Conservatives warn of a conspiracy to indoctrinate schoolchildren, but critics dismiss claims as cyn [...]

Special provisions target executive branch powers of Democratic officials Budget-writing season star [...]

Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced perso [...]

Eric Muller served two five-year terms on the UNC Press Board. In an unprecedented move, the UNC Boa [...]

After the recent cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, fossil fuel industry advocates have redoubled [...]

The post The Board of Governors and the UNC Press appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

In these divided, tumultuous and, occasionally, frightening times we inhabit, one powerful source of [...]

Woman’s death highlights Innovations Waiver wait list crisis When I first learned about Ruby Loftin’ [...]