An amended lawsuit filed on behalf of a transgender teenage girl alleges that staff members at a State run, male juvenile detention center treat her like a boy.
The lawsuit, filed Monday, states that the 16-year-old, known only as Jane Doe, is forced to wear boy’s uniforms and is not allowed to wear her wig or makeup. The lawsuit also states that staff members at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School refer to Jane by her male birth name and with male pronouns.
“It is psychologically damaging and harmful for a transgender female to be placed in a male facility and to be unable to express herself as female,” the lawsuit states.
Attorneys for Jane first filed a Federal lawsuit against the State Department of Children and Families and the Department of Corrections in April alleging that Jane’s constitutional rights were violated when she was placed in solitary confinement in different correctional settings.
Her case drew attention from children’s rights advocates when she was transferred to an adult, female correctional facility despite having no criminal charges against her.
Recently, Jane has remained in solitary confinement at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, her attorney said.
"The conditions that Jane is being kept in are inappropriate," Jane’s attorney David Rosen said.
The Attorney General’s Office declined to comment on this story citing pending litigation.