Following the murder of a transgender woman in January 2011, CRS reached out to a Minnesota lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization and convened a series of dialogues with organization members, the Chief of the local police department, and transgender community members. The meeting resulted in an advocate-led roll-call and other LGBT cultural awareness trainings for local police, sheriffs deputies, corrections officers, and county workers. CRS also met with the Chief of the local police department and his community outreach officers to develop an LGBT representation on the Chief's Monthly Roundtable Advocacy Council.
Several months later, in June 2011, a transgender woman was allegedly verbally assaulted with transphobic, racial, and sexist slurs and struck in the face with a bottle. Her attackers sustained fatal injuries during the resulting confrontation. The transgender woman was arrested and placed in solitary confinement, which increased tension between law enforcement and the transgender community. Due ot the development of the LGBT outreach and liaison program, CRS was able to quickly arrange and facilitate a series of dialogues with local police and transgender advocates. The purpose of the dialogues was to discuss police-related concerns of the transgender community, including prisoner processing, detention, and criteria for administrative segregation. Further training was provided for law enforcement on best practices for interacting with transgender individuals and a comprehensive list of transgender support agencies was developed to support law enforcement efforts when dealing with transgender issues that may arise in the course of their work.