Mik is a Staff Attorney with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and the Director of SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project. Before joining SRLP’s staff, Mik was a law graduate at Prisoners’ Legal Services. He graduated from CUNY Law School where he participated in clinics focusing on the rights of Michigan youth in adult prisons and the rights of New Yorkers attempting to maintain welfare benefits while returning to school. Since 2009, Mik has been a helpline counselor with the Trevor Project, a national suicide and crisis helpline for LGBTQ youth. Mik formerly worked at the Ali Forney Center, an LGBTQ youth shelter, where he became invested in prioritizing the voices and experiences of those we serve, re-thinking the way we view mental health, and stopping the school-to-prison pipeline. When not attempting to understand the law, Mik can be found reading at the local library, sewing, or outside reconnecting with his mid-west roots.
Avi Cummings has worked and organized for many years around racial justice and white anti-racist education, prison abolition, wealth redistribution, and queer and trans liberation. He previously lived in Madison, Wisconsin where he organized with the Groundwork Anti-Racism Collective and the Radical Teachers Collective. Avi loves climbing and dreams about hiking everywhere.
Juana Paola Peralta
Rage M. Kidvai
Rage M. Kidvai is an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Immigrant Justice Project. Rage received their Bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College, and their J.D. from the City University School of Law, with a clinical focus on criminal defense. A former SRLP intern and collective member, Rage is committed to supporting folks experiencing and working hard to challenge state violence and oppression. Their prior work outside of SRLP has included representing survivors of inter-personal violence on their welfare & immigration cases, family defense work for parents facing allegations of neglect due to their poverty, and criminal defense representation at public defender offices. Rage is thrilled to be able to grow with those involved with SRLP, and hopes to provide support to the amazing legal staff in the SRLP Direct Services Team (DST).
Core Collective Members
Alýz is a multi-ethnic transgender activist living in Brooklyn, and hails from southern Illinois in St. Louis. Their involvement with SRLP began in early 2013, and they remain an active participant in the goings-on at the office and within the NYC transgender community.
Dean Spade is a member of SRLP’s Fundraising and Finance Team. He is a professor at Seattle University School of Law. From 2002 to 2006 he was a staff attorney at SRLP. He wrote a book about trans politics and law influenced by his experiences working with SRLP, called Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law.
Gabriel Arkles lives in Boston, where he teaches in the Legal Skills in Social Context program at Northeastern University School of Law. He has been an SRLP collective member since 2004, and worked on SRLP’s staff as an attorney from 2004 to 2010. He is deeply honored to be a part of SRLP’s work, and wants to keep working with people at SRLP and everywhere for trans liberation, prison abolition, racial justice, economic justice, disability justice, and reproductive justice until we win! Gabriel’s articles, which are mostly about gender, race, and the prison industrial complex, have appeared in a number of law reviews and anthologies. Gabriel was on the board of the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, an organization that provides bail and bond support to criminalized LGBT immigrants in New York, and is just starting to get involved with other organizations like Black and Pink and Queer Muslims of Boston. In his free time, Gabriel cuddles his cats, reads science fiction, and plays role-playing games.
Helen Stillman is based in Brooklyn, with part of her heart residing in her hometown of Seattle. Before moving to New York, Helen worked with LGBTQ youth in Washington State and central Appalachia. Helen is the Donor Program Director at North Star Fund, a community fund supporting grassroots organizing in New York City. She has been a member of SRLP’s Fundraising and Finance Team since 2011.
Katherine Cross is a trans Latina woman, and a sociologist of gender at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she is currently studying for her PhD. In addition to being a proud radical trans-feminist who has written for a number of different outlets, she is a consultant in feminist journalism, and a lifelong video gamer who delights in dungeons, dragons, and everything in between. She also loves garden slugs, pizza, German opera, and 19th Century art. Katherine has been a board member at SRLP since 2011.
Lucas is a transgender queer bi-racial latino man, originally from Maine, who now goes to CUNY School of Law in Long Island City, Queens. Lucas got involved in the work of SRLP as a legal intern during the summer of 2012, a personal dream of his since 2001. He is excited to now be on the SRLP board and continue his involvement with SRLP. When not doing law school work, Lucas plays guitar, ukelele and piano (if he can find one), spends as much time as possible outside, and reads mystery stories.