It’s been a very hectic week with lots of ups and downs. We started the week talking with new friends from the Atlanta Chapter of Amnesty International. I was also able to do a radio interview with Michelle Meow for Progressive Voices Radio. Events took a sad turn as we heard news of the sudden death of an amazing advocate and ally. Juan Evans exemplified incredible courage and will be missed. As for Ky, he’s sad and frustrated but holding up well.
I personally have had no response from the prison regarding the Gender Therapy Request packages I sent on May 28th. Since the prison is not required to speak to anyone unless an inmate dies, I am not likely to receive a response. However, Ky also made a formal written request himself, and the prison administration has to acknowledge it.
7/6/2015 – Ky had a meeting with Warden Grant. She basically confirmed that his request was received and has forwarded it to the medical department. A few days later, he was told to submit a request for a Psychological Consult.
7/12/2015 – Ky submitted the request for the psychological consult to the Mental Health Director, Mrs. Daniels. She has 30 days to respond to his request.
7/13/2015 – Some people identifying themselves as “Internal Investigators” went to the prison and interviewed Ky. They asked him several questions about being in Solitary and the overdose. This is EXTREMELY unusual, since all investigations are handled by Pulaski’s own security team. I believe that the only reason the incident is being investigated by anyone is because the media was involved. The Advocate’s coverage of Ky’s experience had everyone asking some serious questions about solitary confinement and medical emergency procedures.
7/14/2015– Representatives from the Southern Center for Human Rights visited Ky. They regretfully informed him that they will not be table to help with his legal case. Without saying too much about the case it all comes down to the county and the judge…the odds are literally stacked against him.This is the short list of organizations we have attempted to get help from:
GLAD- Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
Transgender Legal Education and Defense Fund
Transgender Law Center
The Stonewall Bar Association
The Equal Justice Project
Southern Poverty Law Center
Southern Center for Human Rights and MANY private legal organizations
The LGBTQ and Human rights organizations say that his case is criminal and they can only help when it’s a human rights issue. The other legal folks are claiming that his case is a human rights issue and not a criminal case because his Public Defender refused to let him claim self defense due to the fact that he would not get a fair trial as a trans man. It’s a nasty endless cycle of people not wanting to get their hands dirty.
The SCHR was pretty much our last resort. Ky was really devastated. He claims to be done with lawyers, and is determined to file for a sentence modification on his own. I am hoping for the best, but I know the reality of his chances are not good. So I will prepare for the worst and begin to focus on raising money for a private lawyer.
Thank you all for your continued support.