New Report from the FIRE Initiative
A Roadmap For Change: Federal Policy Recommendations for Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living With HIV
The pervasive profiling, arrest, and incarceration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people and people living with HIV, or PLWH—especially those who are people of color—are not simply a response to higher rates of illicit behavior within those communities. The range of unequal laws and policies that dehumanize, victimize, and criminalize people because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status perpetuates these high rates of contact with the criminal system.
In this report, we examine the detrimental effects that LGBT and PLWH experience with the police and law. This report hopes to provide further research on what drives law enforcement to target LGBT and PLWH, as well as their personal challenges outside of the law. Furthermore, it is to provide comprehensive recommendations to federal policy to address and change the laws that negatively impact the LGBT community and PLWH.
Read Aisha‘s piece behind the infographic: Why Are So Many LGBT People and People Living with HIV Behind Bars?
Read the full report here.