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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

  • 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 effective 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Speak up against sexual violence at the Board of Corrections hearing (7/21/2016) - Thank you to those who came out to the membership meeting on Tuesday at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project to prepare for Board of Correction (BOC) hearing! We were so grateful to be able to listen to everyone’s innovative suggestions for making NYC jails safer for trans, gender non-conforming and intersex (TGNCI) folks. If you weren’t able […]
  • Tell the Department of Health that trans health care must include ALL of us! (6/26/2016) - As we enter this Pride weekend it is important to remember that many people – in particular transgender women of color – still struggle to meet their basic human needs such as health care. Despite ongoing litigation in Cruz v. Zucker, the NYS DOH continues to suggest amendments to the current regulation that make it harder for […]
  • Leaving Trans Women out of the Women and Criminal Justice System Convening (4/9/2016) -     To mark the end of Women’s History Month, Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued remarks at the White House Women and the Criminal Justice System Convening Wednesday, March 30. Her remarks stand out for mentioning and specifically addressing transgender women caught inside the Criminal Justice System. Yet naming transgender women without inviting them to […]
  • SRLP Members Help HALT Solitary in NYS Prisons (4/8/2016) -   On any single day about 4,000 people are held in solitary confinement in New York State prisons. This is a fact that Marci, a member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Movement Building Team, knows all too well. Having survived solitary confinement herself, Marci is now joining a group of advocates on April 12 […]
  • Reducing Sexual Violence on the Road to Abolition (3/29/2016) -   Next Monday, April 4, SRLP is thrilled to be joining survivors, loved ones of survivors and advocates in the beginning of a campaign to address sexual violence and sexual harassment in the NYC jails. Around this time last year SRLP, along with other allied organizations and New York City’s Public Advocate Letitia James, submitted […]