DOJ Says Transgender Prisoner ‘Forced to Suffer Needlessly’

The Obama administration says a transgender prisoner in Georgia is being illegally denied hormone therapy while incarcerated.

The Department of Justice on Friday filed a statement of interest with the Georgia Middle District Court in the case of Diamond v. Owens, supporting what it says is Ashley Diamond’s right to medical treatment for gender dysphoria.

Transgender prisoners are “among the most vulnerable populations incarcerated in our nation’s prisons and jails,” the Justice Department said.

“By taking action in this case, the Justice Department is reminding departments of corrections that prison officials have the obligation to assess and treat gender dysphoria just as they would any other medical or mental health condition,” Vanita Gupta, acting assistant attorney general for civil rights, said in a statement.