Shawn Meerkamper uses they pronouns and is the senior staff attorney at Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Shawn believes in police and prison abolition and also believes in harm reduction work to lessen the torture trans women experience while incarcerated. As a lawyer at TLC, Shawn has helped litigate groundbreaking trans prison cases in California and Colorado. They also were a part of the coalition that passed recent legislation in California that is now the most progressive policy in the U.S. allowing incarcerated trans people to seek prison placements in accord with their gender identities. Shawn is a proud cat parent, an amateur guitarist and skateboarder, and a native southerner who recently relocated from Oakland, California to Durham, North Carolina.
Discrimination to Incarceration Pipeline for LGBTQ+ People: A Litigation Perspective