Trans People and Prisons: A Panel

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 15:00 to 17:00
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Room 301, Halifax Central Library, Halifax NS

Changes to Nova Scotia Correctional Services policies support incarcerated transgender people being placed in a women’s or men’s unit in a provincial prison according to their gender identity or where they feel safest, regardless of their physical anatomy or the sex designation on their ID, absent other overriding risks or concerns.

The intention of this panel is to explain the policies in place for trans people incarcerated in Nova Scotia’s provincial correctional services system, discuss how they are implemented, and consider the issues they do or do not address.

This event is intended to help lawyers better serve trans clients who are remanded or convicted of a criminal offence subject to a provincial custody term, and to promote understanding of some of the issues trans people face in the prison system.

This panel is presented by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community section and the Criminal Justice section of the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA-NS), in line with the CBA-NS’s mission to improve the knowledge, skills, and ethical standards of members of the legal profession, improve and promote access to justice, and promote equality in the justice system. It is presented in partnership with the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia, and Women’s Wellness Within.

Panellists:       Taylor, first-voice speaker

                          Representative of Correctional Services, Nova Scotia Department of Justice, TBA

Emma Halpern, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia

Moderator:    Jack Townsend, civil litigation lawyer with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Chair of the CBA-NS Equity Committee, and former chair of the CBA-NS Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) section.

Registration:  This event is open to members of the legal profession. Attendees are required to register in advance. Please send your full name to Emily Roeding at

Trans rights are human rights. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Act and Canadian Human Rights Act protect against discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and gender expression. Attendees are expected to respect trans people’s identities and human rights in their conduct and comments.