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Jobs and Internships at Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)

SRLP is seeking a staff attorney: Director of Prisoner Justice Project

SRLP’S Mission

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. 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.

SRLP’s Collective Structure

SRLP is a non-hierarchical collective organization with five teams. is responsible for SRLP’s development, fundraising, and communications operations. The Movement Building Team works to increase political education and leadership opportunities for SRLP’s communities, members, and clients. The Public Education Team publicizes SRLP’s work and mission to provide educational resources to community members and advocates, service providers, and allies. The Collective Development Team coordinates the discussion and implementation of policies and programs regarding SRLP’s anti-oppression values. The Direct Services Team provides legal and non-legal services to our clients and provides legal expertise in SRLP campaigns. Staff members are part of two or more teams.

All staff are part of SRLP’s collective, which is made up of staff and non-staff members. The collective is tasked with maintaining the overall health of the organization and ensuring that SRLP has a strategic plan for growth.

Because SRLP is a collective, it is expected that staff members directly collaborate across teams and workplans to ensure that our communities are best represented and served by SRLP’s mission.

SRLP’s Direct Services Team

The Direct Services Team (DST) of SRLP currently consists of three service areas: Survival and Self-Determination, Immigrant Justice and Prisoner Justice. In addition, the Director of Client Services operates across all project areas and works to ensure that clients’ needs are being met.

Our Immigrant Justice work includes immigration representation for undocumented and underdocumented immigrants, holistic advocacy for our immigrant clients, and legal support to organized TGNCI immigrant communities. Our Survival and Self-Determination work includes advocacy for safe and accessible health care, name changes and updated identity documents, assistance with obtaining other services necessary for survival, like housing and government benefits, and coalitional work on removing barriers to TGNCI self-determination in New York City and State.

SRLP’s Prisoner Justice work advocates on behalf of our incarcerated community members to address prison conditions, safety issues, access to health care, name changes, placement issues, criminal case support, and re-entry assistance. With the Movement Building Team, the Director of Prisoner Justice also co-coordinates SRLP’s Prisoner Advisory Committee, which strives to incorporate our incarcerated membership into all SRLP campaigns and programs. All of the attorneys participate in public education, including speaking at conferences and providing cultural competency trainings to providers and government agencies.

Job Opening: Staff Attorney/Director of Prisoner Justice

SRLP is hiring a staff attorney/Director of Prisoner Justice. The attorney would share co-director responsibilities with the Survival and Self-Determination and Immigrant Justice Project, along with the Director of Client Services.

Job Description

The staff attorney will direct the Prisoner Justice work of SRLP including all direct services, policy work, community organizing support, impact litigation, and public education. Responsibilities include all aspects of providing direct services to a caseload of incarcerated clients; negotiating with agencies to change policies impacting our incarcerated community members; co-coordinating SRLP’s Prisoner Advisory Committee with Directors on MBT; supporting community-led campaigns, including by contributing to legal strategy, coordinating legal observing for actions, and/or conducting on-site clinics; developing and pursuing impact litigation against correctional agencies; developing know-your-rights materials and conducting trainings for community members and service providers; supervising legal interns. The staff attorney will also share staff- and collective-wide duties with other staff. Because SRLP is a non-hierarchical organization with no Executive Director, all staff members play a key role in organizational development and governance.

Required Qualifications

The applicant should possess the following qualifications:

– Law degree
– Admission to practice in New York, or otherwise eligible for admission
– Familiarity with low-income transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming communities of color
– Familiarity with prisoners’ rights litigation and/or direct services for the incarcerated community
– Familiarity with working with organized groups, as a movement lawyer or in other capacities
– Supervision experience
– Commitment to gender self-determination and racial and economic justice
– Willingness to work in a collective environment with consensus-based decision-making

Desired Additional Qualifications

– Fluency in Spanish and English
– Substantial civil legal services and/or civil rights litigation experience
– Familiarity with impact of criminal legal system involvement on immigration status
– Public speaking experience
– Experience negotiating with government agencies

Compensation

Consistent with our values as a collective, all full-time staff are paid the same base annual salary, currently $64,000. An increased salary is possible based on need, such as for people supporting family members. Generous benefits package includes 3 weeks of vacation time, full medical and dental benefits, and payment of professional fees.

Application

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the Hiring Committee via e-mail at hiring@srlp.org with subject line “Prisoner Justice Staff Attorney”. Application materials can also be mailed to: DST Hiring Committee, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, 147 w. 24th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011. E-mail strongly preferred for submission. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

***People of color, trans people, women, people with intersex conditions or DSDs, people who have lived in poverty, people with disabilities, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply***

 

SRLP is Seeking Interns

Intern with the Direct Services Team!

SRLP’s Direct Services Team is looking for interns for the winter, spring, and summer seasons. The Direct Services Team provides direct representation for low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, and/or intersex people who are low income and/or of color. We have three project areas: Immigrant Justice, Prisoner Justice, and Survival & Self-Determination. These areas focus on direct client services although we also offer policy recommendations to organizations and government entities.

An intern selected by SRLP would be expected to work about 70% on direct client services gaining intimate experience with name change court, administrative law, and advocacy/negotiations with government agencies. About 30% of the work would focus on our larger policy pieces and ensuring we have updated and accurate KYR materials both online and in print.

Applicants do not need to be law students, but an understanding of legal systems or public policy is a plus. Fluency in Spanish is preferred. People of color, trans people, gender nonconforming people and people with intersex conditions are strongly encouraged to apply.

Winter Term: Our winter term internship is a short-time high-intensity experience between December 10, 2018 and January 21, 2019. We are looking for interns from anywhere from 1-3 weeks to come in on a daily or near-daily basis for intense client work. This internship occurs while our office is technically “closed” allowing for very focused writing and client case work to get ready for the re-opening of our client services in the spring. Activities may include drafting, finalizing, and filing petitions for incarcerated people, trying to re-gain contact with clients, reviewing and editing KYR guides, assisting in ensuring client files are neat and orderly, and more. Applicants should apply with their resume and cover letter and should indicate if there is a Project they are particularly interested in, why they have chosen SRLP, and what their available dates are.

Spring Term: Our spring term internship lasts from January 21-May 3, 2019. We are looking for interns to come in 1-2 days a week for a set period of 8-10 hours per week for client case work. This internship occurs when our office has re-opened intake and interns will be asked to participate in everything from providing intakes and following up with new clients to legal research on developing cases. We will try to offer interns opportunities to appear with clients in name change court, USCIS, and prison/jail visits but this will be dependent on scheduling. Applicants should apply with their resume and cover letter which should indicate if there is a Project they are particularly interested in and why they are interested in working with SRLP.

Summer Term: SRLP obtains most of our summer interns through the PILC Fair. If you are unable to participate we are willing to arrange for an interview outside of the PILC Fair. If you cannot apply via the PILC Fair please send us your resume and cover letter as well as a brief writing sample. The cover letter should indicate if there is a Project you are particularly interested in and why you are interested in working with SRLP. We consider all summer term applicants between January and February and make our decisions by February 28, 2019. Summer interns should be available between 10am and 6pm Monday-Friday for 10 weeks.

Contact:

Applications and questions should be sent to: dst@srlp.org

Intern with the Movement Building Team!

The Movement Building Team is a collaboration of SRLP members who identify as low income trans, intersex, gender non-conforming folks and trans, intersex, gender non-conforming people of color along with SRLP staff. The MBT was designed to build and grow the leadership skills while developing and coordinating community workshops, discussions, celebrations and events for low income trans, intersex, gender non-conforming folks and trans, intersex, gender non-conforming people of color. Interns at SRLP work on a range of issues affecting low-income transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people of color.

Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC)
Interns with MBT would primarily be supporting the work of the Prisoner Advisory Committee. Learning and engaging with SRLP’s prison work to help advance the work of PAC, working closely with the Director of Outreach and Community Engagement and other staff  in assisting with tasks related to the Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC), including but not limited to;

  • Participating in outreach, coordination and logistics related to PAC card writing events and other MBT related events.
  • Review and update publication materials.
  • Co-facilitate, skill shares and participating in workshops around abolition and SRLP’s PIC work.
  • Conducting research and building workshop materials around the impact that trans and gender non-conforming folks experience within the prison industrial complex.
  • Supporting the development and production of our bi-annually newsletter “In Solidarity” that goes out to PAC members on the inside.
  • Design and layout production and design of our annual calendar.
  • Distribution of correspondence, mailing updates and member certificates to PAC members.
  • Responding to PAC member correspondence submissions.
  • Processing new PAC member forms, support with legal and non-legal volunteer mailing parties, envelope stuffing, other required tasks to support the program.
  • Maintaining addresses and release dates for all PAC members and tracking them in excel and other databases.
  • Processing new PAC member forms, supporting with legal and non-legal volunteer mailing parties, evelope stuffing, and other required tasks to support the program.

Internship skills needed

Applicants must have a commitment to working towards self-determination for gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence as SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. People of color, trans people, gender non-conforming people and people with intersex conditions are strongly encouraged to apply. Must be willing to work individually and in a team setting. Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not at all a requirement. Microsoft Publisher, InDesign and other graphic design platforms preferred.

Work hours:

Internships are 15-20 hours/week during the summer and usually last twelve weeks. Internships are unpaid. Please indicate hours of availability and date available to start in the cover letter. The office is open from 10-6pm M-F. Dress code; Casual

How to Apply:
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to kimberly@srlp.org