Following multiple lawsuits over the past year, the Illinois Department of Corrections has finally transferred transgender inmate Strawberry Hampton to a women’s facility.

Hampton's lawyers told The Herald-News of Joliet that she moved this week from an all-male prison in Dixon to the Logan Correctional Center.

Hampton had filed multiple uncuccessful lawsuits against the Illinois Department of Corrections over the past year seeking transfer to a women's prison where she believed it would be safer for her to complete a 10-year sentence for burglary, according to attorney Vanessa del Valle.

“The fight for Strawberry and for all trans women in IDOC has only just begun,” del Valle said.

 

Hampton, who had been incarcerated in several men's prisons across Illinois, described feeling like a "sex slave" according to court documents claiming repeated abuse and sexual assaults involving guards and inmates.

 

Last month, a southern Illinois federal judge ordered state prison officials to re-evaluate Hampton’s request for transfer. Further, the court mandated that the Illinois Department of Corrections develop training on transgender issues for all staff.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Rosenstengel's order also stated Hampton must be allowed to attend a transgender support group while in segregation at Dixon Correctional Center. Hampton had previously been prohibited from attending such meetings.

 

The Advocate reports that the Illinois Department of Corrections website continues to identify Hampton under her former name and lists her gender as male. The Herald-News referred to her dead name and used "Strawberry" as a nickname, but used female pronouns in its reporting.

 

The state released a statement citing “100 percent compliance with the national standards designed to protect all inmates from sexual abuse” in its decisions on where to house Hampton.

 

At present, Hampton appears to be the only trans inmate in an Illinois women’s prison, according to del Valle. As of 2016, some 28 trans women are housed in men’s prisons within the state, The Herald-News reports.

 

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