This event will be held in-person at Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC, and streaming virtually.

LGBTQ+ people are overrepresented in U.S. jails and prisons and often face brutal treatment, experience a lack of appropriate resources or are denied necessary medical care when incarcerated. Experiences of discrimination and untreated trauma increase the likelihood of interactions with the criminal justice system. LGBTQ+ people are often then subject to further trauma in prison facilities, with few to no treatment options available.

Hosted by Dee Deidre Farmer, the first transgender plaintiff to bring a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her precedent-setting case, Farmer v. Brennan (1994), set the standard that prison officials can be held liable under the Eighth Amendment for deliberate disregard for the health and safety of incarcerated people. Dee currently leads the Fight4Justice Project and consults with legal organizations like NCLR and GLAD.

This roundtable conversation will present evidence about trauma experienced by LGBTQ+ people prior to and during incarceration and will make the case for prioritizing treatment in the community before and as an alternative to imprisonment.


  • Michael Cox, Executive Director, Black and Pink Massachusetts
  • Jennifer Levi, Senior Director of Transgender and Queer Rights, GLAD
  • Cynthia Totten, Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International
  • Taylar Nuevelle, Founder, Who Speaks For Me

Hosted by Dee Deidre Farmer, Founder and Executive Director of the Fight4Justice Project, and Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

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PLEASE NOTE: Proof of COVID vaccine or proof of medical or religious exemption are required. Here’s what you need to do.



From Georgetown University:
COVID Safety Instructions for Visiting Campus

To help protect the health and safety of the Georgetown community, including our guests, all visitors ages 12 and older to University-owned or operated buildings must be up to date on COVID-19 vaccination (i.e., primary series and, when eligible, an additional dose), or attest to having a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated.

Please follow the steps below that are required before your visit.

  • Step #1: Anytime between now and the day before your visit, please submit documentation showing you are up to date on COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine authorized for emergency use or granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Acceptable proof of vaccination includes, but is not limited to:
    • CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Card
    • WHO Vaccine Booklet
    • Documentation provided by a healthcare organization or country

Note: If you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccination but attest to having an appropriate medical or religious reason for not being vaccinated, you will be able to indicate this as part of Step #1 and proceed with the process required to visit our campus. You will be required to submit to the University proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to your arrival time on our campus when you submit your health attestation on the day of the event.

  • Step #2: Assuming successful completion of Step 1, you will receive a short health attestation form via email on the morning of the event date. Please complete this form, attesting that you are symptom-free before coming to campus. If you indicate any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you will not be permitted to visit a Georgetown-owned or managed campus or building until you are symptom-free.

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Your Georgetown University host will be able to monitor your progress on Step #1 above, and they may contact you if they see that you have not yet completed this step ahead of your scheduled time on campus. While event hosts are not provided information about your COVID-19 vaccination or your religious or medical exemption from vaccination, they are notified of the outcome of any COVID-19 test required by the University in connection with a claimed exemption and whether you have reported having COVID-19 symptoms or being in close contact with anyone who has tested positive.

Questions about the event? Contact Ivory King at