Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC)
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project holds a strong belief that the people most affected by the systems of violence and oppression we fight are the best people to lead that fight. We also believe that social justice organizations must find ways to directly involve the members of our community who have been separated from us by the criminal injustice system. The Prisoner Advisory Committee is one way to overcome the enormous state-created barriers to communication and political participation for the people who are most affected by the prison industrial complex.
The PAC currently has around 70 amazing members who are enthusiastic about sharing their time, passion, and expertise with SRLP. Our members are trans, intersex, gender non-conforming people and allies who are currently incarcerated. Members of PAC work together with members of our collective to develop plans of work. Already, PAC members have helped with a national position statement on transgender healthcare in correctional settings and provided comments to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. They are developing creative ways to work on changing policies, building community, and sharing information and strategies. They have also created two issues of a newsletter called In Solidarity.
We are grateful to have PAC join in SRLP’s work and we look forward to more great things from PAC in the future!
For more information or to find out how you can support PAC, contact firstname.lastname@example.org