Transgender inmate Christina Lusk has reached a settlement with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, which includes a move to a women’s prison and gender-affirming health care.
The backstory: Lusk sued the department in 2021, seeking adequate treatment and housing in a facility that matches her gender identity since her incarceration in 2019.
* As part of the settlement, Lusk will receive a $495,000 payout, including approximately $250,000 in legal fees.
Impact on policy: The Minnesota Department of Corrections implemented a new transgender policy in January 2022, covering medical treatments and allowing transgender individuals to request a facility based on their gender identity.
* Lusk will become the first transgender person to be moved to a facility matching their gender identity, according to the department.
What’s next: With the settlement, Minnesota’s Department of Corrections will enhance policies to protect transgender inmates’ rights and follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s standards of care, contract with certified health care providers, train staff, and honor name changes.
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