Via Think Progress: "As a result of this widespread employment discrimination and economic insecurity, a significant number of transgender people report having to rely on criminalized survival economies, such as sex work and drug selling, in order to get their basic needs met. Even though most transgender people report not engaging in criminalized survival work, many still experience police profiling on the assumption that they are engaged in criminal activity, in a trend known as “walking while trans.”
As a result of these experiences, as well as the general criminalization of poverty and homelessness, transgender communities experience high rates of police harassment and incarceration. Approximately 16 percent of transgender people have been in jail or prison at some point in their lives, where they face significant violence and harassment, as compared to 2.7 percent of the general population, making them more susceptible to criminal history discrimination. National reports such as Roadmap for Change highlight these needs, and outline the significant work that must still be done to end systemic criminalization, policing, and incarceration of LGBT communities."