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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

  • 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, […]
  • SRLP’s remarks on PREA at the Board of Correction’s monthly meeting (5/14/2015) - On May 12th, advocates from SRLP attended the monthly meeting of the Board of Correction – the body charged with monitoring all city correctional facilities – and spoke in favor of the Board adopting Rules enforcing compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act for the city jails. SRLP went further than the PREA standards and […]
  • HRA Now Issuing Common Benefit Identification Cards WITHOUT gender marker!! (5/13/2015) - Most New Yorkers will know CBIC’s (pictured below) as their benefits or food stamps cards. The Human Resources Administration (HRA) has undergone a policy change allowing them to issue CBIC’s (Common Benefit Identification Cards) without gender markers on them. CBIC’s are commonly used to access services like (TANF) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, and […]
  • SRLP’s legal team breaks down what the new Medicaid regulations mean (4/28/2015) - Many people – ourselves included – have expressed confusion, irritation, and disappointment at the lack of substantive change in the rules that govern Medicaid coverage for low-income trans people following our 10-year struggle to end the blanket ban on trans healthcare. Mik Kinkead and I, two of SRLP’s legal advocates, have gone through the regulation […]
  • New York City Housing and Shelter Resources (4/28/2015) - New York City Housing and Shelter KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Under DHS policy, you have the right to be housed according to the gender you identify as. Shelter workers are required to call you by the name and pronouns you go by and to place you in a shelter that matches your gender, regardless of what […]
  • NO ONE IS DISPOSABLE: Stop NY from limiting visits with people in prison! (4/23/2015) - Advocates have been rallying against NYC Mayor de Blasio’s proposed changes to visiting conditions on Riker’s Island. While incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, their loved ones, and advocates have been able to push for many important changes at Riker’s, these new changes almost “snuck in” amidst the better news. These proposed regulations aim to reduce violence […]
  • Today 4/22: SRLP at #HALTSolitaryConfinement advocacy day in Albany, NY (4/22/2015) - Today, April 22, SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project Director Mik Kinkead and Outreach Director Juana Peralta are in Albany at the #HALTSolitaryConfinement Advocacy Day with NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement advocating to end the use of solitary confinement and other forms of extreme isolation in NY prison and jails.   Over 3,800 people are in […]