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Federal Court Rules Transgender Woman Lawsuit Against Texas Prison Director Move Forward

Passion Star, An Inmate In Texas Has Sued The States Prison System For Allowing Her To Be Sexually Abused!


(Houston, Texas) 03/15/16 — Today, a Federal Judge for the United States District Court For The Southern District Of Texas, in downtown Houston ruled today that Brad Livingston, the executive director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) will remain a defendant in a case where a transgender woman has sued relating to prison abuse.

The Court recognized that Livingston has a responsibility under federal law to establish reasonable policies and procedures or train and supervise TDCJ staff to prevent sexual abuse. It also highlighted the heightened risk that LGBT prisoners face in custody. (Read The Full Court Order Here)

Passion Star, a transgender woman currently in the custody of TDCJ accuses the Texas prison system, and its director for lack of policies and staff training that has allowed fellow inmates to sexually assault, and rape her.

According to Lambda Legal Star had been in seven facilities, and had been ‘raped, slashed with a knife, forced to submit to undesired sexual acts to escape violence, and/or threatened with sexual assault,’ before being housed in ‘safekeeping.’

Federal Judge Alfred H. Bennett wrote in the his order that was made public today “Plaintiff was sentenced to serve time in prison. She was not sentenced to be raped and assaulted by her fellow inmates.”

Zollicoffer v. Livingston

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