Richard Saenz (he/him) is a Senior Attorney and the Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct Strategist at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people and those living with HIV. He focuses his work on the criminal justice system, coordinating litigation and policy work on behalf of incarcerated people and against the criminalization of LGBTQ people. Richard has served as lead counsel in challenges to state departments of corrections denial of health care to incarcerated transgender people and policies that discriminate against people living with HIV. He is the program manager for Lambda Legal’s community survey, Protected & Served 2022, on government misconduct including law enforcement, the courts, and prisons and jails. He is leading Lambda Legal’s response to the Trump Administration’s changes to the federal Bureau of Prisons Transgender Offender Manual. Richard is also part of the coalition working on New York State’s Gender Identity Respect, Dignity, and Safety Act. Richard serves as a Board Member of the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) and is the Programming Chair of the LGBTQ Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Richard has been named a Hispanic National Bar Association’s Top Lawyers Under 40 and a National LGBT Bar Association’s Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. He received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest Law and Ethics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.
The Criminal Legal System and LGBTQ Communities – Litigation and Civil Remedies
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