Transgender Law Center is thrilled to welcome Flor Bermudez as Director of the Detention Project, a new program that will expand the organization’s work to end the abuses that trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people experience in prison, immigration detention, and at the hands of law enforcement. Located in the organization’s legal team, this position complements and expands Transgender Law Center’s existing policy and movement building work led by Program Manager Isa Noyola.
“As the Detention Project Director I hope to build partnerships that respect and collaborate with transgender and gender nonconforming leaders, particularly people of color working at the grassroots level across the country,” said Flor. “To effectively challenge the abuses TGNC people experience in prisons, jails, immigration detention and other settings, we must plan litigation and policy work alongside community organizing efforts, and we must embed a racial and economic justice lens in all aspects of the overall strategy to improve policies and conditions for TGNC people in detention.”
Flor brings over a decade of legal and social justice organizing experience spanning work at several organizations. As the Director of the Mental Health and Advocacy Project at Lawyers for Children, she worked to ensure that children in foster care receive appropriate and necessary mental health services. At Lambda Legal, Flor served as the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Attorney and engaged in litigation to ensure adequate treatment and competent, sensitive, and informed services for LGBTQ youth involved with the child welfare, juvenile justice, and homeless services systems. Flor also spent four years as founding executive director and staff attorney at Esperanza del Barrio, representing immigrant street vendor women in criminal proceedings, and served as a board member of Streetwise and Safe in New York City.
Flor’s work has been recognized with several awards, including Northeastern University School of Law’s prestigious Daynard Public Interest Fellowship for her role as a “public interest leader,” and two “Best Attorney Under 40” awards from the National Hispanic Bar Association and the National LGBT Bar Association.
The Detention Project will focus on impact litigation, policy advocacy, and providing information and resources to support folks inside, with the goal of truly changing the conditions of incarceration and policing that our communities live under.