As the title suggests, everything on this blog concerns violence against trans women.
The Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project is a trans feminist project addressing issues of systematic, institutional and interpersonal violence and oppression experienced by trans women (those who were coercively assigned male at birth and identify or are identified as women/female) across multiple identities (e.g., race, class, dis/ability, citizen-status, nationality, sexuality, age, HIV status, and form, status, or age of transition, etc.)
Ida Hammer is a writer and social justice communicator. She organizes the Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project. She presents workshops and trainings on cis privilege and being a trans ally. She's also involved in organizing against sexualized violence. She's a proud dyke-identified trans woman and an organizer of the New York City Dyke March.
A transgender woman who said Cicero police officers harassed and humiliated her has settled a lawsuit for $10,000 along with a pledge that the town will adopt a policy for dealing respectfully with transgender people, her attorneys said Tuesday.
The policy would place Cicero in select company as one of the first metropolitan police departments to formally spell out such guidelines, according to attorneys for Bianca Feliciano, who filed the suit against Cicero earlier this year.
In the suit, Feliciano said two police officers illegally stopped and searched her and a transgender friend in 2011 as they walked down a Cicero street. The officers allegedly taunted Feliciano and her friend, wrongfully accusing them of being sex workers.
Police threatened to arrest Feliciano for fraud, she said, after she presented an Illinois identification card that listed her as female. The officers also made crude remarks to her after transporting her to the station, according to her suit.
The suit alleged that the town’s lack of a policy for dealing with transgender people led to the officers’ poor conduct. The new policy, Feliciano’s attorneys said, should help remedy the situation.
“We are hopeful that this ends the unjust and abusive treatment of transgender people by Cicero police officers, and we hope that other police departments follow suit,” Joey Mogul, an attorney for Feliciano and director of the Civil Rights Clinic at DePaul University College of Law, said Tuesday in a statement.
Departments in New York and Los Angeles both adopted transgender policies within the last year, Mogul said. Chicago does not have a policy, though Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno pledged earlier this year to set up a commission to study the issue.
Feliciano said in an interview with the Tribune in March that she decided to transition from male to female sexual identity when she was 14. She was 17 when the incident in Cicero took place.
“I’m glad to settle this case, and I hope this policy will mean that what happened to me doesn’t happen to anyone else,” she said in a statement released by her attorneys. “LGBTQ youth and others should never have to go through the abuse I suffered from the Cicero Police Department.”Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania said the town maintains that its officers did not do anything wrong in the arrest of Feliciano, but the settlement was preferable to a lengthy court fight.
He also said the policy instructing officers to respect and be aware of issues involving transgender people was adopted in the wake of the incident.
"Hopefully other towns will look at what we’ve done and adopt the same policy," Hanania said Tuesday.
(Clifford Ward, Chicago Tribune)