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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
  • Asylum

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

  • Stop Harsh New Restrictions on People in NYC Jails and Their Families! (9/25/2015) - The NYC Department of Corrections seeks to change rules to limit visitation and packages in NYC jails, which would negatively impact the conditions of those who are incarcerated and their friends and families. SRLP and many of our organizational friends and allies such as the Jails Action Coalition placed pressure on DOC’s governing body (the Board of Correction) to not vote on […]
  • SRLP Members and Staff Oppose Visitation Changes in NYC Jails (9/22/2015) -   The Sylvia Rivera Law Project was proud to join the Jail Action Coalition and its partner organizations for a rally and press conference on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday September 9. SRLP staff and members went out in 90 degree weather to protest the tightening of visitation and package restrictions on Riker’s and […]
  • SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project Assists in Keeping #EyesOnRikers (9/8/2015) - The Prisoner Justice Project (PJP) at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) has a long history of providing legal and supportive services to our transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex communities in state prison, and we have recently been able to focus even more of our efforts on our communities held in New York City jails. […]
  • New York City’s Trans Youth to be Impacted by Two Major Changes in Agency Policies (8/16/2015) - In June and July, New York State and City announced two important changes to laws and regulations governing the rights of transgender youth. The first, a guideline from the New York State Education Department, affects the treatment of transgender youth in school. The second, a guideline from the City of New York Administration for Children’s […]
  • SRLP co-leads training on how to support people experiencing violence in New York State prisons (8/10/2015) -     On Thursday night, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Prisoner Justice Project was proud to join allies at the Correctional Association of New York, National Lawyers Guild’s Prison Law Project, and the Law Office of Rankin & Taylor in training members of the Parole Preparation Project on legal and non-legal support for people experiencing sexual […]
  • Press Release: Class Action Lawsuit Against New York Dept. of Health on Behalf of Transgender New Yorkers Proceeds (8/3/2015) - Judge Jed S. Rakoff issues decision denying the State’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit calling for an end to continued exclusions for some transgender-related health care treatments by New York Medicaid. NEW YORK, NY, July 31, 2015 – On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York issued an […]
  • The Board of Correction Voted to Move Forward with Controversial Rule-making Despite Serious Opposition (7/26/2015) - Recently, the Board of Corrections (BOC) voted on whether or not they would begin the rule-making process for several proposed new rules.  The meeting focused on the potentially increased restrictions on packages sent to incarcerated individuals and restrictions on full contact visits at New York City jails. The rule-making process would also incorporate higher maximum sentences for […]
  • SRLP signs letter to the Board of Corrections to address suicidality in NYC jails (7/14/2015) - As we mourn the death of Kalief Browder and the many other New Yorkers who die through State-induced violence, SRLP joins activists from across the city in calling on the Board of Corrections to make wholly new and meaningful changes to how suicidality is cared for in the City jails. We request that outside experts […]
  • The fight for trans-inclusive healthcare continues! (7/10/2015) - On Friday June 26, the Christopher Street Pier was alive with trans* and gender non-conforming advocates, community members, survivors, and organizers rallying with the Audre Lorde Project’s TransJustice demanding an end to state violence in detention centers, prisons, and psychiatric hospitals at the hands of police and other state actors. We were demanding that the […]
  • SRLP’s recommendations to the Board of Corrections on PREA (6/5/2015) - One of SRLP’s mission is to fight the violence our communities experience, which requires resisting against the Prison Industrial Complex. Part of this process involves addressing and mitigating some of the most harmful effects of institutional violence experienced by those who are incarcerated. Recently our staff attorney and Director of Prisoner Justice Project, Mik Kinkead, […]