Last wee, Bronx Community Solutions met with court and community stakeholders to discuss concerns regarding the policing of the trans community in the Bronx Fordham area. The meeting was organized by Judge Poust-Lopez, the Bronx HTI Court judge and was attended by representatives from Bronx Defenders, Legal Aid, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, Anti-Violence Project (AVP), Monroe College, Congressman Serrano’s office, NYPD’s 52nd Precinct, and Councilman Ritchie Torres’ office.
Judge Lopez convened these stakeholders as a way to address a particular ‘condition’ in the neighborhood a strategy she learned from her time at Midtown Community Court, participating in monthly conditions meetings.
The meeting provided an opportunity for officers and community representatives to share concerns of safety issues in the neighborhood, while Legal Aid, Bronx Defenders, AVP and BCS discussed reports from clients of unfair targeting for prostitution arrests and experiences of transphobic behavior during arrests. The meeting laid a foundation for continued collaborative efforts from all parties to fairly address concerns from both sides. In the following meeting, we hope to include additional representatives from the Bronx LGBT community in order to plan street outreach and preventative measures to improve issues in the neighborhood as an alternative to relying solely on policing
A special thanks to Charlotte Webber, our dedicated Safety & Empowerment social worker for nudging the judge and making this meeting happen.