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SRLP provides direct representation for low income transgender people and transgender people of color in three main areas. We have three projects, and if your issue falls under one of our projects, we may be able to help you. If we can’t represent you, we can provide referrals and information on a wide range of issues affecting transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

For legal help, click here to learn about our Drop-In Hours and how to contact us for an intake.

To reach our Director of Client Services call 212-337-8550, ext. 303.

Survival & Self Determination Project

  • Name Changes
  • Assistance Obtaining and Updating ID Documents
  • Health Care Advocacy
  • Criminal History/Fingerprinting

More about our Survival & Self Determination Project

Immigrant Rights Project

  • Name Changes
  • Assistance Updating Immigration Documents, such as Employment Cards, Green Cards, and Naturalization Certificates
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Naturalization
  • Removal Defense
  • Screening and Assistance with Various Immigration Benefits, including Asylum, U Visas, T Visas, VAWA, DACA, TPS, SIJS, and Family-Based Petitions

More about our Immigrant Rights Project

Prisoner Justice Project

The Prisoner Justice Project provides assistance in civil matters to people held in New York City jails and in New York State Prisons. We are unable to provide direct legal services with criminal cases or appeals of criminal cases although we are happy to work with your attorney to ensure trans-competent representation. We are unable to provide direct legal assistance to people held outside of New York. We are able to provide the following services:

  • Name changes to incarcerated individuals
  • Assistance with changing names on government documents while incarcerated
  • Assistance obtaining hormones
  • Assistance obtaining gender appropriate undergarments
  • Assistance preparing for parole appearances
  • Advocacy and support around sexual violence and violations of the Prison Rape Elimination Act
  • Advocacy and support around transfers and requests for alternate housing
  • Advocacy and support around conditions of solitary
  • Advocacy and support around mental health care needs and assessments
  • Obtaining correct sentence calculations
  • Review and appeal of disciplinary solitary confinement (Tier IIIs)
  • Other civil matters concerning conditions of confinement

The Prisoner Justice Project has partnered with other organizations to provide litigation services in the past, however, due to our size and the number of individuals we serve we are generally unable to engage in litigation.

More about our Prisoner Justice Project

News from our Legal Team

  • New PREA Rules for the NYC Jails Fail to Provide Trans Women with Meaningful Housing (11/21/2016) - Last week, the Board of Correction, the body that oversees the Department of Correction and ensures compliance with the minimum standards, unanimously voted in new rules to govern and prevent instances of sexual violence in the NYC jails. This rule goes beyond the federal rules for the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and are, in […]
  • Submit Comments to Strengthen Healthcare for Transgender New Yorkers! (11/16/2016) - As we let you know earlier this month, transgender New Yorkers who use Medicaid received tremendous life-affirming news in the last ruling in the Cruz v. Zucker case. This is a case that SRLP and our allies at the Legal Aid Society and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLC brought to challenge the decades long ban […]
  • SRLP Relaunches Updated ID and Name Change Guides! (11/13/2016) -   The Sylvia Rivera Law Project stands in solidarity with everyone moving quickly to get a name change and update their state and federal identification documents before the pending presidential administration change. To aid in our community’s self-advocacy during these difficult times, SRLP has updated our NYC Name Change Guide and our ID Replacement Guide for […]
  • Voices Raised Against All Forms of Violence in the NYC Jails! (11/13/2016) - In what plans to be a very revealing open hearing this Monday, November 14, the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services will hear reports on the implementation of the Nuñez settlement in the City jails. The case Nuñez v. City of New York et. al., is a class action lawsuit that challenged the use […]
  • Landmark Victory Achieved in Cruz v. Zucker (10/31/2016) - This week, transgender New Yorkers eligible for Medicaid received the life-affirming news that trans-specific health care coverage is required by law for individuals, regardless of their age. This victory extends from the case Cruz v. Zucker which the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) filed in conjunction with our co-counsels, The Legal Aid Society and Willkie […]
  • If You Have HIV and Need Support, Good News! (10/20/2016) -      Due to the work of countless HIV/AIDS organizers, advocates, and activists, HASA (HIV/AIDS Services Administration) services eligibility expanded since September 1, 2016. Even if you have had no HIV-related illnesses, you may be eligible for housing assistance and other services through HASA. In the past, HIV-related illnesses were commonly required to receive assistance, leaving out […]
  • Bathroom Rights – Reporting on Recent Roundtable on Gender-Neutral Bathrooms (10/19/2016) - Following the exciting announcement this summer that all single-occupant bathrooms in New York City must now be gender neutral, advocates and community leaders have been working hard to get the news out. On Tuesday, September 27, 2016 a group of LGBT direct service advocates met to discuss the impact of this legislation and the work that […]
  • Join SRLP October 17 in Shining a Light on Youth Health Care (10/13/2016) - In direct response to Cruz v. Zucker, our lawsuit challenging New York State’s ban on transgender health care coverage, oral arguments will be heard this coming Monday October 17 on the medical necessity of gender-affirming health care for trans youth. SRLP asks that you join us and our co-counsel The Legal Aid Society and Willkie Farr […]
  • Major Medical Victory for Transgender Youth in New York State (10/11/2016) - In direct response to Cruz v. Zucker, No. 14 Civ. 4456 (JSR) (SDNY), a class action filed by The Legal Aid Society, The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP on behalf of individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria, New York State recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to remove a […]
  • Walking While Trans – Effects of the Loitering Law on Trans-Feminine Immigrants (10/7/2016) - On September 30, 2016, the Legal Aid Society of New York and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP filed a civil rights class action lawsuit on behalf of women of color unjustly arrested for violations of New York Penal Law Section 240.37, the alleged crime of loitering for the purpose of prostitution. As a collective […]