SYLVIA RIVERA LAW PROJECT SUMMER 2017 LEGAL INTERNSHIP
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.
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 correction, immigration applications, petitions, and document collection, Medicaid fair hearings, client accompaniments, and more.
Summer interns will have their own caseload and the opportunity to work on clients’ cases in depth through conducting intake interviews, drafting pleadings and petitions, advocating with government agencies and other entities, connecting clients with TGNCI specific resources, and informing clients of their rights. Interns will also assist SRLP with legal research and writing and factual development for current and prospective impact litigation. Interns may also participate in public education and community organizing support such as preparing “know your rights” materials, attending movement building team meetings, interacting with the various other SRLP teams, and providing legal observation at political actions. This internship has some flexibility and will match the skills interns wish to gain.
Applicants must be law students or have comparable legal background or demonstrated interest in the legal work of SRLP. Fluency in Spanish is preferred. SRLP practices affirmative action and strongly encourages transgender, gender-non-conforming, intersex individuals to apply. We also strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, people with multiple language abilities, immigrants and people living with HIV to apply.
We are accepting applications from January 3 to February 3. To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make the subject line of your email “Internship Application-YOUR NAME-SUMMER 2017.” If you can’t make this deadline, please e-mail us for a potential accommodation.
The writing samples should be 5 pages or less and a section of a longer work is fine. This internship position is unpaid, however we are very happy to provide letters of support or otherwise assist individuals seeking outside funding.
Please contact the Direct Services Team at email@example.com for any questions.