The Jones’ case united the trans community who believed she suffered a miscarriage of justice when she was subject to police anti-trans profiling and later found guilty of “intent to commit prostitution.” Advocates argued a Phoenix law unfairly targeted trans women, especially trans women of color. Advocates also approached Attorney General Eric Holder about the profiling matter.
McClennen sent the case back to lower court. A retrial is possible.
Jones told Buzzfeed News: “This law needs to be thrown out because it unfairly targets women, transgender women, and people of color living in poverty. . . . police wouldn’t do that to a man standing on the corner talking to a passerby.”
Jones’ Attorney Jean-Jacques “J” Cabou in Buzzfeed: “It was an unconstitutional trial of an unconstitutional statute for a crime she didn’t commit.”
As research statistics show, trans women of color find themselves at a significant disadvantage in our society. It is unfair to set legal traps to trip them up when it was society that put them at a disadvantage in the first place.
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