A 16-year-old transgender girl being held at a boys’ detention center alleged that staff members are repeatedly referring to her by her male birth name and male pronouns, forcing her to wear boys’ uniforms and banning her from wearing her wig and makeup.
The new accusations come in an amended lawsuit filed in federal court Monday. The girl, known only in court documents as Jane Doe, is suing state child welfare and prison officials, alleging they have violated her constitutional rights and federal laws by detaining her in traumatizing solitary confinement for most of this year.
Civil liberties and children’s rights advocates have been highly critical of her confinement, especially when she was held at an adult women’s prison without any criminal charges earlier this year after state department of children and families officials deemed her too violent for other facilities.
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