LGBTQ people are three times more
likely to be jailed.

They're at high risk of abuse
because they can't afford bail,
often $25.

With your help, we get them out.

 
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The Freedom Fund posts bail to secure the safety and liberty of low-income individuals in jail and immigration detention.

We work to build a critical mass against the mass jailing of LGBTQ individuals.

 

Help us fight hate.


 
 

mass incarceration: an LGBTQ issue

 

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American adults has a criminal record and sexual minorities
are three times more likely to be incarcerated.

 

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transgender prisoners are sexually abused.

 


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homeless children are LGBTQ and
half of homeless people experience incarceration.

 

 
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why bail matters

We post bond or fees to secure the safety and liberty of low-income individuals, with special focus on LGBTQ people.

Incarcerated, even for a day, an individual is at risk of violence and losing employment, custody of children, and housing.

Most suicides in jail occur within the first week.

While those with means are released from confinement, those in poverty face only injurious choices: languish at risk, or accept deportation or a guilty plea to get out of jail—often to crimes they didn’t commit.

For those in need, we provide case management and medical-legal-social services linkages.

 
 

 
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lgbtq criminalization

The Freedom Fund works to help build a critical mass of individuals in opposition to the mass jailing of LGBTQ people.

Because of whom they love, a tangle of discrimination and poverty disproportionately traps LGBTQ people in cycles of crime and incarceration.

Coupled with racism and classism, it can be unyielding.

The sweep of criminalization is extraordinary. At some point in their lives, 70 percent of low-income LGBTQ people are homeless by some estimates, and half of homeless people will be incarcerated.

The impact is disproportionately felt by transgender, brown, and black individuals.

In the decade following the passage of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), around two million individuals were sexually assaulted in confinement—half are estimated to be LGBTQ. LGBTQ youth in detention are 12 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.

Immigration detention is also disproportionately felt by LGBTQ folks.

In one 2015 sample, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) held 90 percent of LGBTQ immigrants when its automated system recommended detention of 18 percent; ICE held the general population against recommendation about 16 percent of the time.

 
 

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