Our new guidelines!
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Colombian jails are well known for its overcrowded levels, corruption, and lack of governability. For people with different genders and non-heteronormative sexual orientations, being deprived of their liberty also implies facing humiliating acts and violence against their identity.
Through the project “Cuerpos en Prisión, Mentes en Acción” (Bodies in Prison, Minds in Action) by the “Red Comunitaria Trans” (Trans Community Network) we have worked in an independent and self-sustained manner looking for the assurance of the constitutional rights of TLGBI people (Transgender, Lesbian, gays, bisexual and intersexual). From our work in La Picota jail, we have shown to the INPEC (National Penitentiary and Prison Agency) and the society the urgent needs and we have implemented strategies to face them.
In 2014 we published the first version of our guidelines “Cuerpos en Prisión, Mentes en Acción”, which included action guidelines to demand rights stipulated by INPEC’s regulations and the sentences of the Constitutional Court regarding this topic.
Back then, regulations were limited and unknown. They did not consider very important topics such as clear procedures to assure a decent requisition, amendment of name and sex fields in ID documents, medical attention specialized on treating diseases due to body transformations, access to hormone replacement therapy, among others. Besides, issues as the ingress of self-care items and clothes matching gender identity faced many obstacles, although they were authorized by INPEC’s regulations. In fact, in many jails, these difficulties persist.
Nowadays, thanks to our work and the work of other organizations working on jails, thanks to the TLGBI social movement, to the decisions of the Constitutional Court, the work of the Ministry of Justice’s and INPEC’s committed workers; big changes have been generated in penitentiary politics regarding our rights as people who belong to TLGBI sector.
Nevertheless, we are aware that, even if the regulations change, the reality will not unless each person in the penitentiary knows their rights and the mechanisms to materialize them. This is the reason why we decided to update our practical guidelines and we have invited Zallary Cardona, author of the comic Mariquismo Juvenil, to illustrate them.
We strongly believe that the Guidelines are a fundamental tool to transform the hostile environment existing in jail for us, to dignify our life in prison and to keep on with our life project. Your help is fundamental to make it possible.
What will these Guidelines include?
Chapter 1: Gender identity and sexual orientation.
- Lesbian Identities, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersexual.
- Queer identities
- Muxies identities, hijras, fakaladies and two-spirit
Chapter 2: Diferencial Rights in prison
-Makeup and accessories
-Amendment of name and sex fields in ID documents
Chapter 3: Health
-Hormone replacement therapy
-Love and self-care
Chapter 4: Sexual life
-Knowing your body
-Taking care of your body
-Sexual life and mind-altering substances
Chapter 5: Relationship with the guardians
-Assertive strategies to demand your rights
When will we publish it?
After we reach the 100% of the funds, it will take us 6 months to finish our Project. You will get your rewards at that moment.
Who are the authors of these Guidelines?Ana María Medina Philosophy student at the Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia. She was the first transgender person to correct her gender on her ID while imprisoned. She has been part ofthe project Cuerpos en Prisión, Mentes en Acción (Imprisoned Bodies, Active Minds) since its beginning in 2013. She firmly believes in education as an essential tool for ensuring respect for human dignity in prisons. Estefanía Méndez Psychologist with a degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Coordinator of the project. Coauthor with Natalia Espitia of the first edition of our booklet for the defense of TLGBI imprisoned people’s rights in Colombia. She is committed to critical, participatory professional action and research that is focused on the needs of societies in the global south, especially inside prisons. Laura Katalina Zamora Philosophy student at the Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia. Activist and defender of TLGBI imprisoned people’s human rights. First human rights representative for the TLGBI population in the La Picota prison. She firmly believes that action to transform prisons must not be based on a position of victimhood. Zallary Cardona Graphic designer and illustrator. Inventor of characters, universes, and stories. Lifelong cartoonist andfuture animator. His webcomic Mariquismo Juvenil, Quotidian Queer tells his stories as a queer person and shows non-heteronormative identities through humor.
If you want to know more, you might be interested in these links:
Program Everybody by UNRadio about the first edition of our guidelines Cuerpos en Prison, Mentes en Acción.
Interview to Laura Katalina Zamora. El Turbión Journal
Our Facebook Page
Femme Fatal Calendar 2016 by Cartel Urbano
Behind Femme Fatal 2016: Daniela Maldonado by Días Temáticos
Interview about the work of the Trans Community Network by Gilberto Álzate Avendaño Foundation