Erin Beth Harrist (she/they) is the Supervising Attorney of The Legal Aid Society’s LGBTQ+ Law and Policy Unit where she leads strategic litigation and policy efforts to advance LGBTQ+ liberation. She also leads the Unit in its training and education of The Legal Aid’s Society over 2,000 staff members in supporting and affirming LGBTQ+ clients. Prior to joining Legal Aid, Ms. Harrist was a Senior Staff Attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union where she litigated civil rights cases involving the rights of farmworkers to organize, police use of chokeholds and tasers against youth, and the rights of TGNCNB people when interacting with the criminal law system, among other issues. She graduated from Columbia Law School in 2007.
Fighting for the Rights of TGNCNBI People in Prisons and Jails: A Legislative Perspective