The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is Hiring a Legal Consultant
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 Direct Services Team
SRLP’s Direct Services Team (DST) 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 affirmative 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. Our 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, petitioning for writs of habeas corpus and re-entry assistance.
Job Opening: Legal Consultant
SRLP is hiring a legal consultant to assist the Direct Services Team in providing zealous advocacy for our clients and communities. The consultant may work full-time or part-time, based on their availability.
The legal consultant will report to all members of the Direct Services Team. Responsibilities include:
- Providing direct services to a caseload of 10-15 indigent clients;
- Negotiating with agencies to change policies impacting our immigrant or incarcerated community members;
- Drafting “Know Your Rights” materials plus conducting trainings for community members and service providers;
- Supervising legal interns;
- Collaborating with SRLP’s Movement Building Team by submitting writs of habeas corpus for incarcerated members, coordinating legal observing for actions, attending their various events for members, conducting research to assist campaigns;
- Work directly with our Director of Client Services to conduct SRLP’s intake clinic as well as return calls, emails, and other inquiries from community members.
- Supporting the Director of Client Services in developing SRLP’s Legal Hotline.
Because SRLP is a non-hierarchical organization with no Executive Director, the legal consultant will work with other staff and Collective members, outside of the Direct Services Team.
The applicant should possess the following qualifications:
- Law degree and admission to practice in New York;
- At least 3 years of experience as an attorney or legal advocate working within immigration law, prisoner’s rights, civil litigation, or administrative law;
- Experience supervising interns;
- Experience providing direct services to clients in crisis and from a trauma-informed perspective;
- Commitment to gender self-determination and racial and economic justice;
- Commitment to abolition and transformative justice;
- Commitment to making legal knowledge accessible to non-attorney staff and members;
- Desire to work with organizers and within movements;
- Willingness to work in a collective environment;
- Ability and willingness to work independently, and to seek support as needed.
Desired Additional Qualifications
- Fluency in Spanish; and/or other languages;
- Bar admission in the Southern and/or Eastern District of New York;
- Experience in drafting and filing writs of habeas corpus on a state or federal level;
- Experience in criminal defense;
- Experience with Legal Strategic Planning.
Consultants are paid $40 an hour and we are seeking for consultants to work anywhere from 10 to 30 hours per week depending on the collective and clients’ needs.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, 3 references, and writing sample to the Hiring Committee via e-mail at email@example.com with subject line “DST Consultancy Position.” Applications without a cover letter, resume, 3 references, and writing sample will not be considered. 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.
Applications and questions should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com