As part of our 2020-2023 strategy we are working towards ensuring better protection for LGBTQ people in criminal justice systems, with a focus on their treatment in prison.
We raise awareness on human rights issues faced by LGBTQ people in prisons within our work at the international, regional and national levels. This includes bringing attention to the harmful effects of segregation, separation or solitary confinement, often imposed on the grounds of protection. We also highlight the lack of access to healthcare staff and wider rehabilitation programmes for this group. We work on addressing the high rates of violence towards LGBTQ people in prison through raising the awareness of prison staff and other criminal justice actors.
We deliver specific training for prison staff to change attitudes, and practices, in the treatment of LGBTQ people.
We support detention monitoring bodies to assess and address the specific vulnerabilities to torture and ill-treatment faced by LGBTQ persons in detention, including through training and guidance materials.
In our Global Prison Trends series we document developments and trends in the treatment of LGBTQ persons in criminal justice systems on an annual basis.