In partnership with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, the New York Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to all Sheriffs in New York State, to follow up on a letter sent on October 23, 2023, urging Sheriffs to adopt strong written policies to avoid unlawful discrimination against transgender people in their custody and to promote safety. 

The original letter highlighted a recent $160,000 settlement in our lawsuit against the Broome County Jail that also established a policy clarifying the proper treatment of transgender people relating to housing placement, safety, access to medical care, name and pronouns use, search procedures, and grooming standards.