Trans woman claims to be abused in prison

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A transgender woman in British Columbia, Canada, has filed a human rights complaint over alleged mistreatment from the prison staff in Surrey. The inmate identified by the name Michelle Wiens claimed that staff denied her request to be transferred to a female prison after she told them about her gender identity. She said they also housed her with a man. claimed in her complaint that she was put in solitary confinement because she didn’t know she was allowed to apply for a transfer. Her application to be given women’s clothes was also allegedly denied. She was misgendered on a regular basis and denied privacy when used bathroom and shower. However, staff at the prison say that Wiens did not specify her gender identity, chosen name and preferred pronouns when she arrived to the prison. The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal will hear her case and make a judgement about whether her claims are accurate.

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