The Pro Bono Society's LGBT Rights Project recently joined a regional task force to help improve law enforcement interactions with transgendered individuals in communities throughout Albany County.
Also on the task force are representatives from Capital District NYCLU, In Our Own Voices (IOOV), Equinox, the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA), the Albany Police Department, the Albany County Sherriff’s Department, the New York State Police and the Albany County District Attorney’s office. Committees will address specific areas of concern, including policy and procedures, know-your-rights education, law enforcement training, and housing.
The Albany Law School students working with the task force will develop transgender-inclusive know-your-rights brochures, as well as draft a policy and procedure manual for the Albany Police Department to use when interacting with the transgender community. The manual will then serve as a model for other law enforcement agencies.
In addition to their efforts for this task force, students in the LGBT Rights Project develop educational and outreach material for practitioners, the public and organizations serving the LGBT community; develop and host law day programs to address LGBT legal issues; and assist attorneys representing LGBT clients.
For more information about the LGBT Rights Project, contact Daniel Koskinen. For more information about the Pro Bono Society, contact the Post-Graduate Pro Bono Fellow, Nic Rangel.