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Trans prisoners need access to HRT - group

in NEW ZEALAND, 12/10/2013

A student-run justice advocacy group is welcoming the government’s impending improvements to trans prison policy, but says access to HRT is among other issues which need to be dealt with.

Cabinet has signed off on changes which will allow both new and existing prisoners to be able apply at any time to the Corrections Chief Executive for placement in a prison "where they identify with the gender of that prison."

Auckland University’s student run pro bono Equal Justice Project released a report earlier this year stating the rights of trans prisoners were being ignored by Corrections policy.

It says the policy change is a positive development for transgender prisoners in New Zealand.

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