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Stop-and-Frisk Policy: a Public Forum on Implications for LGBT People of Color

PUBLIC FORUM IN QUEENS, NY ON STOP-AND-FRISK

On September 11, Queens Pride House will hold a forum on the implications for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of the decision by Judge Shira Scheindlin to strike down key provisions of the New York Police Department (NYPD) stop-and-frisk policy as unconstitutional and enactment by the City Council of the Community Safety Act. On Aug. 22, the Council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of two separate bills, one of which would ban racial profiling by the NYPD and another which would establish an independent office of Inspector General to oversee and monitor the police department.

“The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy has an enormous impact on members of the LGBT community in Queens, especially transgendered people and LGBT people of
color in Jackson Heights,” said Pauline Park, president of the board of directors and acting executive director. “This public forum will be an opportunity for those who feel that they have been subjected to a campaign of harassment and intimidation by the NYPD to speak out on stop-and-frisk as well as to hear from experts on the implications of Judge Scheindlin’s ruling for members of the LGBT community in Queens,” Park added.

A panel of legal experts will be on hand to provide information and answer questions from community members. Speakers will include Jennifer Ching,
director of Queens Legal Services; Lynly Egyes, staff attorney at the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center; and Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, legal director of the Center for HIV Law & Policy. The forum is being co-sponsored by the Center for HIV Law & Policy, the Harm Reduction Coalition, the New York Association for Gender rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Queens Legal Services, and the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center. This forum is being supported by funding from the North Star Fund as part of the Popular Resistance & Non-Violent Action (PRANA) Project. The event is free and open to the public.

QPH stop-and-frisk forum

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