The group has called itself the Women's Liberation Front (WoLF). It is strongly opposed to current California legislation, which enables trans women at women's correctional facilities across the state.
According to Bakersfield.com, "two of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, both incarcerated women, allege they were sexually assaulted by inmates who identify as transgender or gender nonbinary," and that "the lawsuit said that one of the alleged assaults occurred after the law went into effect, while the other alleged assault does not specify when it occurred."
Many plaintiffs in the lawsuit state that they have been victims of domestic violence, and others cite their religious beliefs being broken by California's new placement rules for prisons.
"However, the department is committed to providing a safe, humane, rehabilitative and secure environment for all people in its custody. Federal and state laws impose legal obligations related to the treatment of people in custody with specific provisions for gender non-conforming people," remarked Terry Thornton of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, stating that they had not yet been made aware of the lawsuit and, at any rate, they don't reflect on pending cases as a matter of policy.
Amie Ichikawa of the group Woman II Woman said she was shocked when she first read the bill that later became law, adding that she wasn't alone. "We've gotten so many calls, letters, different messages of women feeling forgotten, completely excluded," Ichikawa said. Ichikawa said that she supports transgender women being safe behind bars, but not in a way that she said allows sexual predators to slip in under the umbrella of transgender identity. "We're about making sure everybody is being safe here," Ichikawa said.
In the state of California, 291 trans women housed at male correctional facilities have applied for transfers, of which 41 have been confirmed. The vast majority of transfers are still pending. Alarmingly, one female inmate has gotten pregnant from one of these newly-transferred inmates.
A 2015 National Inmate Survey, administered by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, discovered that over a third of transgender inmates in prisons and jails had undergone sexual assaults by facility staff or other inmates over one year, according to a report from CBS News. The Federal Office for Victims of Crime reports that 15% of transgender individuals report being sexually attacked while in custody, with that number more than doubling, to 32%, for African-American transgender people.