On Friday, October 21, 2016 a coalition of community and advocacy groups, including the National Lawyers Guild, delivered a letter and held a press conference and rally condemning a planned LAPD "sweep" of Trans sex workers. An LAPD representative then stated that they were no longer going to conduct the raid.
The Coalition letter states,
"We, the undersigned legal, transgender, and sex-worker rights groups, call on the City
and the Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) to cease sweeps of all sex workers,
including trans sex workers targeted by the LAPD. We understand that the LAPD
scheduled a sweep of sex workers today, Friday, October 21, 2016 and asked that service
providers with expertise in providing services to transgender people arrive at 4 a.m. to
provide assistance to detainees.
We are concerned that in conducting sweeps of sex workers, police officers engage in
unlawful profiling of transgender people and especially transgender people of color, and
that criminal laws are being selectively and disproportionately enforced against
transgender people. Indeed, the U.S. Department of Justice has found that some major
police departments profile transgender women as sex workers based solely on their
appearance which is unlawful and violates their right to be free of gender discrimination
and First Amendment rights of freedom of expression."
Click on the PDF below to read the entire letter.