Join the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center for a preliminary injunction motion hearing in our case, Diamond v. Ward, et al., before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
Ashley Diamond is a Black trans woman and prisoners’ rights activist from Rome, Georgia, whose landmark lawsuit challenging the cruel and unusual treatment of incarcerated trans people by the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) made national headlines in 2015. Following her re-entry into GDC custody after a technical parole violation, Ashley is once again trying to survive brutal and unrelenting abuse and mistreatment as a trans woman in GDC men's prisons. She has faced repeated sexual assaults, denial of vital healthcare, and other threats to her safety.
The court will consider Ms. Diamond's emergency request for an order that GDC protect her from attacks and retaliation. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. EDT in person at the Macon courthouse. Members of the public and press should review Standing Order 2021-04 regarding courthouse entrance procedures due to COVID-19. Please note that the hearing is likely to continue through May 13.