Transgender woman moved to Illinois’ women’s prison

LINCOLN, Ill. (HOI) — The Illinois Department of Corrections has approved the transfer of another transgender woman to a female facility in Lincoln.

IDOC transferred Janiah Monroe, 29, to the Logan Correctional Center from Pontiac on Monday, a year after she requested the move because she said she was being harassed by IDOC employees and prisoners, and five weeks after filing a federal lawsuit.

“For well over a year, Janiah waited to see if IDOC would follow the law, protect her from sexual abuse and harassment, and house her in the women’s division,” said Vanessa del Valle of the MacArthur Justice Center. “She filed her lawsuit in February after IDOC ignored her pleas for help. It is our hope that IDOC’s decision to transfer Janiah without protracted litigation suggests that the department might be taking seriously its obligation to protect trans women from sexual violence.”

Monroe is serving time for a 2008 attempted murder conviction in Cook County, and a 2015 aggravated battery against a government employee charge in Livingston County.

In December 2018, the MacArthur Justice Center and Uptown People’s Law Center lobbied to have Strawberry Hampton, a transgender woman, moved from a men’s prison to Logan for similar reasons.

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