TGI Justice Mission
TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender people—inside and outside of prison—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.
We work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. We seek to create a world rooted in self determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice.
Low income transgender women of color and our families who are in prison, formerly incarcerated, or targeted by the police.
TGI Justice Staff and Leadership
Miss Major, Executive Director
Miss Major is a black, formerly incarcerated, transgender elder. She has been an activist and advocate in her community for over forty years. She was at the Stonewall uprising in 1969, became politicized at Attica, was an original member of the first all-transgender gospel choir, and is a father, mother, grandmother, and grandfather to her own children, and to many in the transgender community.
Currently, Miss Major is the Executive Director of TGI Justice where she instills hope and a belief in a better future to the girls that are currently incarcerated and those coming home.
Janetta Louise Johnson, Program Coordinator
Member Leadership Development and the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People's Movement
Janetta Louise Johnson is an Afro-American Transsexual from Tampa, Florida. She moved to San Francisco in 1997, where she has worked in various capacities at non-profits and social service agencies. She recently survived 3 years in federal prison and is committed to developing strategies and interventions to reduce the recidivism rate of the transgender community. Janetta’s involvement with TGI Justice dates back to 2006. She served as Interim Organizing Director in November/December ‘08, planned vibrant grassroots fundraisers, and later put her skills as a community organizer, trainer, and activist to use inside as she fiercely and tirelessly advocated for her rights as a transgender person in jail and prison.
Melenie Mahinamalamalama Eleneke, Program Coordinator
Empowerment Retreats, Stiletto prison newsletter, Leadership Team
Melenie is a Native Hawaiian Mahuwahine and has been working with TGIJP since 2004 and as a member of the Leadership Team since 2007. She served as Director of Development & Administration from 2008-2009,and has been the editor of our prison newsletter,Stiletto, since ‘08. In 2008, Melenie served on behalf of TGI Justice as a delegate speaking about the multiple layers of cultural discrimination to the United Nations Committee on the CERD (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination) at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Morgan Bassichis, Leadership Team
StormMiguel Florez, Administrative Director