Our client, Michalle Wright, a 26-year-old transgender woman, successfully sued the state for appropriate care and treatment while in prison. The settlement in Wright v. Peters, announced last year, fundamentally changed how the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) treats transgender and gender nonconforming prisoners through policy changes that provide access to doctors with experience treating transgender people, competent mental health treatment, hormone therapy, and, if medically necessary, gender confirmation surgery. ODOC also agreed to work with Basic Rights Oregon and the ACLU of Oregon to ensure that their policies and training continue to align with the standards of care for transgender people.
Wright v Peters, et al
Edward J. Reeves, Kennon Scott, Samantha K. Sondag, Mathew dos Santos, Kelly Simon
October 17, 2016
United States District Court, District of Oregon, Eugene Division