SRLP’s Direct Service Team is Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2015!
Legal Interns for the Direct Services Team
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
For DST interns during Fall or Spring semesters we require a minimum 5-12 hr / week commitment. However please feel free to discuss this with us if you have concerns. We are happy to support you in getting school credit or offering letters for scholarship support! we are not in a position to pay interns at this time.
Interns at SRLP work on a range of issues affecting low-income transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people of color, including prisoners’ rights, name changes and identity documentation, immigration applications, petitions, and document collection, Medicaid fair hearings, and more. Interns have their own caseload and the opportunity to work on their clients’ cases in depth through conducting intake interviews, drafting petitions and pleadings, advocating with government agencies and other entities, connecting clients with resources, and educating clients about their rights. Interns also assist with legal research and writing and factual development for impact litigation. They may participate in public education and community organizing support such as preparing “know your rights” materials and doing legal observation at actions.
Applicants must be law students or paralegals or have comparable legal background or demonstrated interest in poverty law. Fluency in Spanish is preferred. People of color, trans people, gender nonconforming people and people with intersex conditions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and optional writing sample as early as possible. Please note that we prefer writing samples of 5 pages or less, and a section of a longer work is fine. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Please indicate Summer, Fall or Spring in your application. Applications should be emailed to email@example.com – if you are not able to email you may mail them to:
DST Legal Intern Hiring
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
147 W. 24th St., 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011