Treatment Center Accepts Jailed Transgender Teen
A 16-year-old transgender girl detained without criminal charges at an adult women’s prison in Connecticut for the past two months has been accepted into a private treatment center for youths in Massachusetts, the top child welfare official in Connecticut said Thursday.
Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz said she expects the girl to be brought to the treatment center within the next two weeks. Officials didn’t disclose the center’s name or location. Katz said the relocation is tentative, because the girl has the right to ask for a hearing if she objects.
The teen, who was born a boy but identifies as a girl, has suffered sexual abuse and other trauma and has a range of mental health needs, according to her lawyer, Aaron Romano. He said he was worried her mental health problems were getting worse because she has been detained in what he called solitary confinement, which DCF officials denied.
A state judge in April ordered the girl transferred from DCF custody to Department of Correction custody, because DCF officials said she was too violent for them to handle.
The teen, known only as Jane Doe in court documents, has supporters across the country including civil liberties activists who have been calling for her to be moved to a facility that can better meet her needs. About 15,900 people have signed a Change.org petition protesting her imprisonment at York Correctional Institution in Niantic.