Interactions of Transgender Latina Women with Law Enforcement

policing-journalNovember 2013
By Jordan Blair Woods, Frank H. Galvan, Mohsen Bazargan, Jody L. Herman, Ying-Tung Chen

A new journal publication authored by scholars at the Williams Institute and BIENESTAR reveals high levels of reported harassment and assault of Latina transgender women by law enforcement agencies.  The article, “Latina Transgender Women’s Interactions with Law Enforcement in Los Angeles County” was published in Policing, and is a deeper analysis of a prior white paper based on interviews with 220 Latina transgender women from the Los Angeles area.

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BienestarBy Frank H. Galvan and Mohsen Bazargan
April 2012

A new report, funded by the Williams Institute, reveals high levels of reported harassment and assault of Latina transgender women by law enforcement agencies and highlights steps that police departments should take to improve relations with the transgender community.    The report, “Interactions of Latina Transgender Women with Law Enforcement” is based on interviews with 220 Latina transgender women from the Los Angeles area.

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BIENESTAR, a non-profit social service organization committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the Latino LGBT community, developed the initial paper in collaboration with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.  The paper is the most comprehensive study examining the trend among primarily immigrant Spanish-speaking Latina transgender women and analyzing their interactions with law enforcement.