U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations for Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV

NCJ Number
Catherine Hanssens; Aisha C. Moodie-Mills; Andrea J. Ritchie; Dean Spade; Urvashi Vaid
Date Published
May 2014
84 pages
This report presents policy recommendations for addressing the criminalization of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people and people living with HIV.

This report by the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, presents Federal policy recommendations for addressing criminalization of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people and people living with HIV (PLWH). The recommendations are presented as a way to address the variety of criminal justice issues that impact LGBT people and PLWH. The report has six objectives: 1) guide Federal engagement with Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies, jails, and prisons; 2) inform the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA); advocate for additional reforms beyond PREA; 4) generate momentum around LGBT policy priorities; 5) highlight and address drivers of criminalization of LGBT people and PLWH; and 6) provide analysis that will serve as a resource for policy makers and advocates. The report is organized around six key topic areas: Policing and Law Enforcement; Prisons and Detention Centers; 3) Immigration-related issues; 4) Criminalization of Youth; 5) HIV Criminalization; and 6) Drivers of Incarceration. The recommendations presented in this report were the result of efforts by advocates, activists, and practitioners working with LGBT people and PLWH in the criminal justice system. Endnotes and appendix