Phone Zap to Defend Trans Prisoner Kanautica Zayre-Brown


Phone zap Today Tuesday, April 30th, 7am-7pm

Our friend Kanautica Zayre-Brown (#0618705) is a trans woman currently incarcerated at Warren Correctional Institute, a men’s prison. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has refused to meet her demands to be transferred to a women’s facility. These demands have instead been met by the NC DPS with cruel retaliation, including 25 days in solitary confinement at Harnett Correctional Institute, and half-measures, such as her transfer to another men’s facility in Warren County. Due to on-going pressure from Kanautica and supporters on the outside, the NC Department of Justice has ordered the NC DPS to transfer her to a women’s facility, but the DPS is yet to set a timeline and continues to stall. Her transfer cannot wait another day. Kanautica has made it clear that she will continue to fight until she is transferred to a women’s facility, and she asks that we continue our demand to #TransferKanauticaNow

WE NEED YOU TO CALL AND EMAIL to show your solidarity with Kanautica as she continues to suffer from the systematic denial of her personhood and identity that has been perpetrated by the North Carolina DPS and other government officials, as well as the Warren Correctional staff.


Suggested Call Script:

Hello, my name is…and I’m calling from… I am calling in support of Kanautica Zayre-Brown, #0618705, a woman currently held at Warren Correctional Institute, a men’s prison.

I am very concerned about her health and safety at Warren and the lack of proper treatment she is receiving.

We have no confidence that the staff at Warren nor officials up the chain in North Carolina DPS have Kanautica’s safety in mind, and I demand that you immediately follow through on the North Carolina Department of Justice’s demand to transfer Kanautica to a women’s facility.

I demand that you immediately set a timeline to do this. We do not believe Kanautica Zayre-Brown is safe in NC DPS custody at Warren.

Who else may I speak to about this? I will keep calling until I know that she is safe and that the NC DPS will refrain from doing further harm to her and will follow through on the demand to transfer her now.



CALL LIST (order of priority):

1: Governor Roy Cooper, 919-814-2000

2: Kenneth Lassiter, Director of Prisons, 984-255-6031

Note: Be stern with the individual who answers the phone. Insist to speak to who you call for. Give no more information to the secretary other than your name. Record calls if possible. To share information on the results of the call, fill out the form below:

For more background information on Kanautica’s case go to

Email Governor's and NC DPS Offices:

Governor Roy Cooper:

Kenneth Lassiter, Director of Prisons:


Nube (not verified)
I called today, left a message with the secretary at the gov's office. She was friendly and helpful. She suggested I talk to the Public Safety Office where I had a heated argument with the woman there about their bullshit stance on keeping Zayre-Brown safe in a single cell.

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