This is a national fund to provide financial and material support to trans and gender diverse people who are incarcerated. This fund aims to provide support for trans people in prison and those post-release returning to their communities.
Trans and gender diverse people, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have been criminalised experience structural discrimination and violence that directly impacts upon access to legal support, stable housing, employment, income, health care and wellbeing. Overwhelmingly the majority of trans and gender diverse people who are incarcerated are Sistergirls and trans women who have been placed in men’s prisons. While no prison is safe, trans women in men’s prisons face the daily risk of physical, psychological and sexual violence.
The aim of this fund is to generate financial assistance to support people while inside, to aide in their release and with re-establishing life back in their community.
Support for those inside includes but isn’t limited to:
- Gender affirming clothing and underwear
- Assisting families to provide phone credit
- Postage costs
- Books and reading resources
- Medical expenses not covered by the state
Support for those post-release includes but isn’t limited to:
- Legal fees
- Bond and rental assistance
- Emergency accommodation
- Identification costs
- Phone and credit
- Medical fees
If you, a loved one, or someone you support would benefit from accessing these funds please complete the Request Form online or send your request by mail to:
PO Box 5063
BRUNSWICK NORTH VIC 3056
To ensure accountability and transparency, allocation of funds are determined by a committee of trans and gender diverse people. For further information or if you have any questions please feel free to email the committee directly at: [email redacted]
- Sarah Hellyer
- Summer O'Donnell
- Saara Salmela
- Adrian De Vries