In re C.G.
Ella, a transgender girl, was ordered to register as a sex offender for a juvenile adjudication of a sexual offense committed when she was 15. Wisconsin law prohibits registered individuals from seeking a name change and therefore Ella was barred from legally changing her name.
Juvenile Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Trans Law Help Wisconsin filed an amicus brief in the Wisconsin Supreme Court in support of Ella, arguing that sex offender registration is punitive when applied to youth and causes irreparable harm to young people. We further emphasized that registration more severely harms transgender youth by exacerbating existing obstacles to housing and employment, compounding the effects of discrimination that put transgender youth at high risk for serious emotional distress, and placing transgender youth at greater risk of experiencing violence.
Marsha Levick, Emily Satifka, Riya Saha Shah, Vic F. Weiner
Tiffany Faith, Marissa Lariviere