Whitney Washington is an Equal Justice Works Fellow and the project manager for the Center's Project for Incarcerated Transgender Survivors. Whitney manages the day-to-day operations of the Project and works with volunteer advocates to address the needs of incarcerated transgender and gender non-conforming survivors of sexual assault in custody. Assistance includes analyzing and simplifying prison sexual assault reporting policies, and assisting with formal complaints to facilities about sexual assault. In addition to directly assisting incarcerated TGNC folks, Whitney plans to draft a report that reveals the discrepancies between the official facility reports that are required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act, and the issues reported by the individuals who write into the Project. Whitney has extensive experience working on issues affecting transgender individuals both in and out of the prison context. As a law clerk at Transgender Law Center, Whitney drafted comments for a bill that addressed the importance of a third gender marker on official California documents and responded to prison mail addressing the myriad of issues faced by the incarcerated transgender community. Additionally, Whitney previously was a research assistant for the Project Addressing Prison Rape where she worked with the National Institute of Corrections and leading experts in the field to create a training for prison officials on best practices for incarcerated transgender individuals. Additionally, she testified in front of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights arguing that the American Convention supported a self-determination model for transgender individuals to change their name and gender on official documents.
B.A. in Non-Profit Development and Programming, University of the Redlands
M.A. in International Affairs, American University
J.D., American University Washington College of Law