This page is meant to serve as a starting place for advocates, policymakers, researchers, community members, and others for researching the criminalization of queer and trans folk, especially as it relates to sexual harm. We are deeply invested in providing community-centered alternatives to sexual harm that provide lasting restorative and transformative changes. However, we don’t have all the answers and there are only a few models to pull from. We’re learning and creating as we go, so contact us if we’re missing something!
Coming out of Concrete Closets
This report seeks to offer a tool for organizers, both inside and outside of prisons, to strengthen national campaigns and grassroots efforts to alleviate the immediate suffering of prisoners and bring an end to the prison industrial complex while centering the needs of LGBTQ prisoners.
Congress passed the Adam Walsh Act, a federal law that requires states to include children as young as age 14 on registries — often for the rest of their lives — in an attempt to protect our children from sexual violence. But the Adam Walsh Act won’t keep our children safe. Instead, this law will consume valuable law enforcement resources, needlessly target children and families, and undermine the very purpose of the juvenile justice system.
Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBT People
This report documents how pervasive stigma and discrimination, biased enforcement of laws, and discriminatory policing strategies mean that LGBT people are disproportionately likely to interact with law enforcement and to have their lives criminalized.
A Roadmap for CHange
This report analyzes the pervasive discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and people living with HIV (PLWH) face at all stages of the criminal legal system, from policing, to adjudication, & to incarceration. It is one of the first to offer comprehensive federal policy recommendations to address cycles of criminalization and discriminatory treatment faced by LGBT people and people living with HIV.
A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence
The community-based intervention to interpersonal violence is an approach based upon the ideas and work of many individuals and organizations thinking about and developing similar approaches to violence. It offers the insights, tools, and lessons learned from the three years during which Creative Interventions worked with community members seeking a response to their particular situations of violence. It is a work in progress.
Survivor Defense as Abolitionist Praxis
This toolkit is a collection of tools, tips, lessons and resources developed through our own experiences. It is also an effort to document and reflect on our own movement work. It is important for us to document especially because our organizing work has been led by Black women, women of color, immigrants and queer/trans people, who are so often erased from history. We hope to preserve some of these histories, build solidarity, and share hope as we continue our collective struggle.