Jessica Phoenix Sylvia speaks with OutSources about her experience fighting for trans rights and working towards transformative justice as a trans woman living in a men’s prison. Jess touches on her work spearheading the Gender Identity Justice campaign, which seeks to honor the self-determination of people in prisons to affirm their gender identity, presentation, pronouns, and name.
Despite numerous challenges in engaging in this work – including the spread of misinformation, additional violence and barriers faced by transgender women in the criminal justice system, and the dehumanizing conditions of prison – Jess remains resolute in working towards an abolitionist future that is built around collective care and concern.
For more information about Jess and her work, you can go to her website or follow her on Twitter. OutSources collaborated with Empowerment Avenue to connect with Jess, and you can visit their website or send them an email to find out more about their work connecting outside organizations and individuals with writers, artists, musicians, and thinkers who are incarcerated.