Eyricka King, the trans woman whose viral letter described her abuse inside New York's Franklin Correctional Facility, has been released from solitary confinement.
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"We are happy to report that our client, Eyricka King, a transgender woman who reported horrible abuse and retaliation based on her gender identity last month, has been released from isolated confinement," said Legal Aid Society in a statement. "Our understanding is that next week she will be transferred out of Franklin Correctional Facility, where she was subject to the reported abuse and retaliation."
Once LAS became King's official defense counsel, they immediately notified the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, asking that she be transferred to a different, safe facility. They also demanded that King be given a time cut, having faced months of unjust, transphobic disciplinary action.
"Thank you to everyone who made calls and kept up the pressure on the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), and fought for #JusticeforEyricka," the LAS said. "We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that Ms. King is transferred to safer housing."