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Beyond Gender Recognition: Ending Trans Detention

By Jorge Gutierrez, Jennicet Gutierrez, and B. Loewe

By the time you read this Christina Lopez will be out of detention and back with her family after two years behind bars.  She’s a 35 year old transwoman from Peru who has been in this country most of her life.  Like many transwomen, she experienced violence in a relationship of her’s. The abuse moved her to engaging alcohol and making decisions based on trying to cope with life. Unfortunately, after receiving her 3rd DUI she ended up in detention and found herself isolated and with minimal support.