Monica Jones should not have to go to court to fight wrongful charges resulting from a discriminatory arrest. We demand that you ensure the pending charges against Ms. Jones are immediately dropped.
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Monica Jones should not have to go to court to fight wrongful charges resulting from a discriminatory arrest. We demand that you ensure the pending charges against Ms. Jones are immediately dropped.

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      SWOP Phoenix

Monica Jones, a trans activist and sex worker rights advocate in Arizona, was profiled and wrongfully arrested as part of an anti-prostitution diversion program in Phoenix. She was not engaging in sex work, but was in fact walking down her street to the local bar the night she was arrested.  As a transgender woman of color, Monica Jones has been routinely targeted and singled out for police harassment.

Since refusing to plead guilty to the charges she is innocent of, Ms. Jones has been targeted four additional times by police officers while walking around her neighborhood carrying out everyday activities such as bringing groceries home or heading to her local bar.  Each time, the police use insulting and transphobic language and threaten her with arrest, despite the fact that she is doing nothing more than simply walking outdoors. Across the U.S., and here in Phoenix, transgender women of color are routinely targeted for harassment and hate-motivated violence, by both police and the public, and are frequently profiled as sex workers by police.  Transgender women are also targeted for cruel treatment in prisons, including by guards.

Ms. Jones states, "I believe I was profiled as a sex worker because I am a transgender woman of color, and an activist. I am a student at ASU, and fear that these wrongful charges will affect my educational path. I am also afraid that if am sentenced, I will be placed in a men’s jail as a transgender woman, which would be very unsafe for me. Prison is an unsafe place for everyone, and especially trans people."

Monica Jones should not have to go to court to fight wrongful charges resulting from a discriminatory and arbitrary arrest stemming from a department in which she studies.  Please stand with Monica by pressuring Phoenix City Prosecutor to ensure that the pending charges against Monica Jones are immediately dropped.

To:
Phoenix City Prosecutor, City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office
Monica Jones should not have to go to court to fight wrongful charges resulting from a discriminatory arrest. We demand that you ensure the pending charges against Ms. Jones are immediately dropped.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Cara Anne Overgaard LAFAYETTE, LA
      • 4 months ago

      I am a transgender woman. I have lived in fear all of my life. This kind of harrasment is a denial of the most basic human right of dignity.

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    • hama abid TUNISIA, TUNISIA
      • 4 months ago

      im here

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    • Lisa Kiner HILLIARD, OH
      • 5 months ago

      The idea that the police magically "know" when someone is going to commit a crime (she isn't charged with prostitution, but rather with "manifesting prostitution") is offensive. In America we are not supposed to charge someone criminally for what they MIGHT do, but rather for what they have actually done.

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    • Tushema Green BRONX, NY
      • 6 months ago

      Transwomen of color have to deal with racism and homophobia AND transphobia. And many closed minded people are okay with the mistreatment of those on the margins of society because that type of prejudice doesn't affect them directly. They just ignore it, are indifferent. But remember that poem that came out after the Holocaust, that explains this phenomenon?

      "...they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew." The ending of the poem is what really hit home.

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    • deborah rickenbach LEWISVILLE, NC
      • 6 months ago

      profiling

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