Torture and Death in Syrian Prisons

In a recently published report by Amnesty International, it has been discovered that at least 17,723 people have died in custody in Syrian prisons since March 2011. This, the article states, is around “300 deaths per month” - not counting the much larger reality of all those people who have been abducted or are “missing”.

Stiletto Prison Newsletter

 So, let's take some time to think about the narrative of the trans community within the prison cistem*. I use the term cistem as it more accurately paints the structures and frameworks often identified as 'systems'--created by and for cisgender people without acknowledgement of trans identities and communities. Within oppressed communities I hear talk primarily of low income, colored people affected by the prison cistem with little or no acknowledgement of trans communities. Trans and trans of color communities are real and here. Reading this, I think about who movements are being led by and why so few are led by formerly incarerated people who have faced oppression. How can we fight the cistem long enough so colored trans communities can lead the movement to end the policing and control of their bodies by the government? 







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