Bronx Defenders nonprofit aims to ensure ‘justice for all’ applies to LGBTQ+ defendants

Bronx Defenders officials say that gay and trans New Yorkers have unique needs, which should be considered at every step of the way throughout the legal system.

News 12 Staff

Jun 5, 2023, 5:09 PM

Updated 356 days ago

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A legal aid organization in the Bronx is making sure that "justice for all" includes everyone – especially for those in the LGBTQ+ community.
Yajaira Gual always knew she was different, and when her family found out that she was transgender, they didn't react well. Without their support, Yajaira was forced to live on her own in New York City, often ending up in dangerous situations and eventually being incarcerated.
Yajaira got connected with the nonprofit Bronx Defenders and things started to turn around. Through their LGBTQ+ defense project, the organization worked to settle Yajaira's case through a women's prison program instead of a trial and potential jail time.
Bronx Defenders officials say that gay and trans New Yorkers have unique needs, which should be considered at every step of the way throughout the legal system. The Bronx Defenders provides a wide range of legal services to all communities across the borough for free. To get connected, click here.
Yajaira now has her own place and is working toward a degree in human services. She was even able to reconnect with her mom before she died.


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