Do men belong in women’s prisons? The California government seems to think so. This month, the LA Times reported that 261 people in prison had requested transfer to the opposite-sex facility – and all but six were males seeking access to female facilities. Importantly, the main qualification for this transfer is self-declared gender identity – meaning it’s possible that men who don’t even identify as women could try to transfer to a women’s facility.
This poses a serious problem, and one that the Equality Act would threaten to bring nationwide.
As our CEO wrote in a new Daily Signal op-ed, “In any other context, being forced to see the opposite sex’s genitalia—or forced to let them see yours—in a shower or at the toilet would be sexual harassment. Yet, under the Equality Act, that would just be daily life for these women.”
That op-ed was co-authored by Amie Ichikawa, a woman who was formerly incarcerated herself and now advocates against injustices that occur toward incarcerated women.
We are livestreaming a conversation with Amie TODAY to highlight this problem – and share what you can do! Please plan to join us. Incarcerated women are among the most vulnerable and overlooked populations, yet few people know about this threat to their physical safety and mental health. As Christians, we are called to care for the vulnerable – so it’s up to us to expose this problem and stop it from spreading.
Women in Danger: California, the Equality Act, and What You Can Do
TODAY, April 23, 2021
2 PM ET/1 PM CT/12 PM MT/11 AM PT
Join us for this LIVESTREAM as Family Policy Alliance’s Craig DeRoche and Autumn Leva talk with Amie Ichikawa about the very real threats incarcerated women face – and what you can do to help them.
It’s a problem not enough people are talking about. Please join us to get informed, and be sure share this invitation to help spread the word. We’re counting on you to help us make sure the truth about the Equality Act and California’s prison policy is exposed!
See you soon!
Policy and Communications Strategist
P.S. Seeing this late? You can still watch the livestream on Facebook and YouTube!