Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would abandon an earlier Justice Department memo that set a goal of reducing and ultimately ending the Department’s use of private prisons.
A trio of executive orders lay out President Trump’s agenda undo important steps toward common-sense police and criminal justice reform, expand mass incarceration, and give police sweeping new powers. While the orders themselves call for the creation of new task forces, reports, policy reviews, and recommendations to Congress, full implementation of this agenda would be dangerous and costly for the nation, would further criminalize communities of color, and would be especially perilous for transgender people.
Last week, six Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stormed into the 10th floor of the El Paso County Courthouse and apprehended an undocumented transgender Latina moments after she was granted a domestic violence protection order.
THIS WEEK, President Trump named federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The nomination of Judge Gorsuch has seen a firestorm of opposition unlike any Supreme Court pick in decades. Gorsuch would replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died nearly one year ago. That seat has sat vacant ever since the Senate majority refused to consider any nominee by President Obama.
Effective February 11th, people born in Delaware can now receive new birth certificates with an updated gender marker without unnecessary and outdated requirements of a court order or proof of surgery. Delaware joins 13 other states plus the District of Columbia who have updated their policies to ensure transgender people have access to accurate birth certificates.