Why We Serve
There are many challenges facing the TGNC/LGBQIA+ community. Nearly all of these issues stem from family abandonment and discrimination in the areas of housing and employment. Inability to obtain employment often results in chronic homelessness. Georgia homeless shelters and halfway houses do not accept anyone who identifies as transgender. This forces people to seek out sources of survival in the underground economy (sex work, drugs, theft, etc).
Due to lack of re-entry and post-incarceration programs that accept transgender parolees, many people return to working in the underground economy that was likely the source of their original incarceration. As a result, the TGNC/LGBQIA+ community has a 57% recidivism rate in the state of Georgia. By creating programs to assist the incarcerated TGNC/LGBQIA+ community, we ensure they receive safe housing, resources, counseling, and medical care during and after incarceration.
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The Transgender Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights published a report documenting the legal needs of TGNC survey respondents.
As these numbers show discrimination against TGNC people is widespread. One of the most alarming statistics was 16% of survey respondents reported experiencing discrimination in jail or prison. This was not 16% of the respondents who reported going to jail or prison but 16% of the entire survey pool and did NOT include those who are CURRENTLY incarcerated. That percentage is twice the number of people in the general population who are incarcerated at some point in their lives.
Of TGNC people have been Justice-Involved.
Of Georgia TGNC prisoners experienced assault prior to or during incarceration.
Of TGNC prisoners have experienced sexual violence