Sign the petition!
This will be presented to the judge overseeing Vanessa’s lawsuit against the blanket ban on gender reassignment surgery. This is just one of many small tactics we can use to let them know she has our support and we demand comprehensive healthcare for trans inmates. Leave a comment if you have time, they help keep Vanessa’s spirits up. Also, circulate the petition as widely as possible via social media, email, etc.
Write to Vanessa!
A simple note of solidarity, a postcard, a handmade card, a letter – it all adds up to let her know she’s got love and support on the outside. Vanessa is located in administrative segregation where she spends as much as 23 hours a day in her cell. The simple act of human connection is powerful, helping break down the isolation that prison life imposes on inmates. Visit the “Write to Vanessa” page details.
Distribute Vanessa’s zine “Breaking The Silence”
info here: https://justiceforvanessa.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/breaking-the-silence/
Call, email, and mail letters to decision makers!
Vanessa needs help from supporters on the outside to amplify her voice and put pressure on decision makers to change TDCJ policies for trans inmates. Below is a list of contacts to direct your message. You may use the sample script and modify in your own words. Also feel free to modify it to work for a letter or email.
“Hi, my name is ____, may I speak to ____?”
(If staff you are trying to call is unavailable, ask whoever answers the phone to leave that person a message.)
“Hi, I am calling on behalf of Scott Gibson. inmate #699888, who is better known by Vanessa. She is currently incarcerated at the Alfred Hughes Unit in Gatesville, Texas.
Despite recommendations from, Dr. Kevin McKinney from University of Texas Medical Branch, Vanessa is not allowed to live full time as a female in order to relieve her gender dysphoria. Her living conditions at Alfred Hughes Unit do not create the safety needed for her or other trans inmates. Vanessa’s emotional health has deteriorated to the point that she has been considered a risk to herself multiple times..
On behalf of Vanessa, I demand TDCJ to implement policies that will create safe space for trans inmates. through
-appropriate mental health care by gender specialists
-training of medical staff to deal with trans inmates
-allowing transgender inmates to have appropriate gender items
– creating a new grooming policy for transgender inmates that prevents them from being forced to cut their hair
– creating a strip search policy that follows the PREA standards
– and making a motion towards trans inmates being able to transfer to the their identified gender’s unit.
create an oversight committee outside the current grievance system so trans inmates can have a fair case.
I stand with Vanessa and demand justice for her and all trans inmates.”
Leadership of Unit Where Vanessa is Housed
Alfred D. Hughes Unit
Senior Warden: John Werner
Unit Phone Number:(254) 865-6663 (**042)
*Brad Livingston, Executive Director, TDCJ, (936) 437-2101 or (512) 463-9988
*Bryan Collier, Deputy Executive Director, TDCJ, (936) 437-6251 or (512) 463-9988
*Jay Eason, Deputy Director, TDCJ, (936) 437-6318 or (512) 463-9988
*TDJC Ombudsman Office (936) 437-4927 email@example.com
*TDJC Office of the Inspector General (936) 437-5030 firstname.lastname@example.org
*TDCJ Executive Director (512) 463-9988 email@example.com
Texas State Senator
Texas State Senate District 24
Senator Troy Fraser
Capitol Office: CAP 1E.12
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0124
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
District Address: P. O. Box 12068
Austin TX 78711
Phone: (254) 939-3562
Texas State Representative
Texas State House District 59
Representative J,D. Sheffield
Capitol Office: EXT E2.320
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0628
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
District Address: P.O. Box 704
Gatesville TX 76528
Phone: (254) 918-5729