Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Monterey County transgender people do not feel supported seeking services at Monterey County District Attorney’s office. Many feel like they are at a higher risk of being victimized, mistreated or discriminated against when seeking services. non-binary people currently have the right to be legally designated as non-binary on their California identification documents, but when seeking services at the DAs office they are not provided that gender option. This creates a negative environment for the transgender community. Many crimes go unreported because of the fear the transgender community has when seeking support and their voices are not being heard. The capstone project focused on creating a non-binary, gender-inclusive environment at the District Attorney’s Office where transgender people feel supported and welcomed. This was achieved by working with the California Victim Compensation Board to change the intake form to include a non-binary gender option. The hope is that in the future more non-binary victims will feel comfortable utilizing services.