Category: National

National news and events that affect Illinois.

Transgender migrant’s family accuses ICE of negligence

ALBUQUERQUE — The family of a transgender Honduran migrant who died in ICE custody are saying the woman did not receive medical care and was abused. From the SF Gate: Tennessee-based civil rights attorney Andrew Free released details of an independent autopsy this week that noted deep bruising along Roxsana Hernandez’s ribs that wasn’t evident…

SPLC, Lambda Legal sue DOJ, BOP for records on rollback of protections for transgender people in prison

NEW YORK – Today, Lambda Legal and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sued the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to compel the federal agencies to produce all documents and communications connected to the Trump administration’s decision six months ago to alter its Transgender Offender Manual, including communications…

New report details violence against transgender community

WASHINGTON — A new report released yesterday by the Human Rights Campaign details the violence against the U.S. transgender community. The report, A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2018, stated that 22 transgender people have been killed in the U.S. in 2018. More than 80% of those killed were people of color, two-thirds…

Newsaper: U.S. Ag Department pressured 4-H to change LGBTQ-friendly policy

DES MOINES — The Des Moines Register reported on Sunday that the the U.S. Agriculture Department under the Trump Administration pressured the national 4-H organization to withdraw a LGBTQ-friendly membership policy which also allowed a leader in Iowa to be pushed out. 4-H, an international youth organization that in the U.S. receives its funding from…