SRLP is looking for a fall intern to help with the Survival and Self-Determination Project!
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
Interns at SRLP work on a range of issues affecting low-income transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people of color, including name changes and identity documentation, petitions, and document collection, Medicaid fair hearings, and more. Interns have their own caseload and the opportunity to work on their clients’ cases in depth through conducting intake interviews, drafting pleadings in clients’ cases, advocating with government agencies and other entities, connecting clients with resources, and educating clients about their rights. Interns also assist with legal research and writing and factual development for any cases to appeal. They may participate in public education and community organizing support such as preparing “know your rights” materials and doing legal observation at actions.
Applicants must be law students or paralegals or have comparable legal background or demonstrated an interest in poverty law. Competency or interest in learning to work in Spanish is preferred. People of color, trans people, gender non-conforming people and people with intersex conditions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be law students or have comparable legal background or demonstrated an interest in the legal work of SRLP. Fluency in Spanish is preferred. SRLP practices affirmative action and strongly encourages transgender, gender-non-conforming, intersex individuals to apply. We also strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, people with multiple language abilities, immigrants and people living with HIV to apply.
Start week is ideally the week of August 28th, 2017 and the internship will run for 10-15 weeks. While this position is unpaid, SRLP can assist with any letters of support for your applications to outside financial assistance. To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to email@example.com. Please make the subject line of your email “Internship Application-YOUR NAME-FALL 2017.” If you can’t make this deadline, please email us for a potential accommodation.
The writing samples should be 5 pages or less (a section of a longer work is fine).