During a recent discussion on immigration detention facilities, Kevin Landy, the assistant director of the ICE office of detention policy and planning, said that transgender individuals are guaranteed “a right to hormone therapy” while in custody.
“With respect to treatment while in detention--the medical care standard--the standards guarantees a right to hormone therapy for individuals who need it for treatment, and even in facilities that are not covered by that standard.
"Our ICE House Service Corps is very vigilant on that issue to ensuring that individuals receive necessary hormone therapy,” Landy said.
“Transgender detainees who were already receiving hormone therapy when taken into ICE custody shall have continued access.
“All transgender detainees shall have access to mental health care, and other transgender-related health care and medication based on medical need.
"Treatment shall follow accepted guidelines regarding medically necessary transition-related care,” the ICE Operations Manual for Performance-Based National Detention Standards (ICE’s operations manual for its detention facilities) states.