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Jordan Aiken

  • Hosted by Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location Los Angeles, California
  • Law school University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Issue area Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2016
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Jordan alleviated health challenges faced by low-income transgender individuals in Southern California by assisting with underlying legal issues through a Medical-Legal Partnership.

Many of the roughly 1.4 million transgender individuals in the United States live in Los Angeles County. Because few medical providers specialize in transgender care, those who do often are saturated and lack capacity to treat all of the patients in need. Doctors are in a unique position to screen for legal needs affecting patient health. Addressing primary legal issues can alleviate what eventually manifests as medical concerns, and can also increase capacity at transgender health clinics.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Jordan has:

  • Launched the Transgender Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) with Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Health Program.
  • Provided legal assistance to nearly 450 clients, fighting discrimination and harassment in housing, employment, and public accommodations; appealing health insurance coverage denials of medically necessary care; and writing petitions for legal name and gender marker changes, among others.
  • Trained and recruited 366 pro bono attorneys, community volunteers, and law students to volunteer with the Transgender MLP.
  • Created Know Your Rights trainings and brochures tailored to transgender rights in housing, employment, public accommodations, and health insurance.
  • Hosted 27 legal name and gender marker change clinics.

What’s Next

Now that the Fellowship is complete, Jordan plans to:

  • Continue the work of her project at Bet Tzedek Legal Services.
  • Collect and analyze data from the Transgender MLP to determine the short-term impact of legal interventions on patient health and to support expansion of the MLP model.
  • Continue representing clients in fighting harassment and discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, and health insurance.
  • Partner with community organizations to promote policy changes.
  • Continue hosting legal name and gender marker change clinics.

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