Trans Woman Inmate Reaches Landmark Settlement with Minnesota Prison System

Author: Donald Padgett

The legal team of a transgender woman incarcerated in Minnesota on Thursday announced she will be transferred to a women’s prison as part of a landmark settlement with the state’s Department of Corrections. The settlement also guarantees affirmative medical care and appropriate housing for other trans prisoners.

The DOC also agreed to pay $495,000 to Lusk and her legal team. $245,903.72 will go to Lusk, $198,000 to Gender Justice for attorneys’ fees and costs, and $51,096.28 to Robins Kaplan LLC for costs.

Lusk called the resolution “appropriate” in a statement announcing the settlement.

“I believe we have made a big step toward allowing people to express who they truly are, and bring some sort of peace and happiness to their lives,” Lusk said. “This journey has brought extreme challenges, and I have endured so much. My hope is that nobody has to go through the same set of circumstances. I relied on my faith, and I never gave up hope. I can truly say that I am a strong, proud, transgender woman, and my name is Christina Lusk.”

“With this settlement, the Department of Corrections takes an important and necessary step toward fulfilling its responsibilities to the people in its care,” Jess Braverman, legal director for Gender Justice, said in a statement. “Thanks to Christina Lusk’s willingness to speak out, transgender people in custody will now have expanded access to the housing and health care they need, and the legal protections they deserve.”

The DOC said 48 of the roughly 8,000 inmates under its care have identified as transgender. Rebecca Bact of Robins Kaplan LLP noted the importance of the settlement to other members of the trans community currently incarcerated in the state.

“The settlement not only ensures that she [Lusk] is treated with dignity, but does the same for other trans and gender nonconforming individuals within the Minnesota DOC,” Bact said in a statement.

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Author: Donald Padgett


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