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Ethan Lin

Director of Grassroots Fundraising & Communications

Ethan Lin is a longtime donor and supporter of SRLP who dreams of building a world in which all of us have access to resources that enable us to become the best version of ourselves. As a beneficiary of SRLP's legal support ten years ago, he developed a deep appreciation for the power of solidarity among individuals with disparate life experiences and a sense of devotion towards building social justice movements. On his spare time, he enjoys running and dabbling in epistemology.

Juana Paola Peralta

Director of Outreach and Community Engagement

Juana Paola Peralta is a queer fat hard femme Latin@ who dreams of finding new ways of loving, organizing & building each other up in a world that hurts a lot. Juana has been educating and organizing around issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability for over seven years.

Lacey Lynch

Director of Operations

As a native New Yorker who established roots in the South, Lacey saw first-hand how important obtaining proper identity documents is to the livelihood and overall well-being of the TGNCI community. Aware of the many social, medical, economic and legal issuethat challenge and oppress our TGNCI communities, Lacey is excited to join the SRLP Team and Core Collective as Director of Operations. Lacey is a seasoned hospitality professional with over 10 years' experience with companies such as Marriott, IHG and Carlson. Lacey's work has focused on brand service culture, operations, team building, event planning and sales/marketing. Always seeking to serve, Lacey recently finished volunteering as Director of Community Engagement for Transcend Legal to help the TGNCI community obtain legal services in New York State. She has also volunteered within her immediate community with organizations such as TLDEF, PFLAG, HRC and Rotary International. Lacey is excited to be help further the mission of SRLP and the work that our elders of Stonewall jump started in 1969.

    Maxwell Scales

    Director of Development

    Maxwell Scales is a longtime SRLP supporter and volunteer who is committed to trans liberation. Prior to joining the staff, Max did development work at Lambda Legal, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. He spends his free time brewing beer and watching bad movies.

    Mik Kinkead

    Director of Prisoner Justice Project

    Mik Kinkead has been around the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) volunteering, interning, and serving on the Collective since 2008. In 2015, he joined SRLP staff as a staff attorney and the Director of the Prisoner Justice Project. He graduated CUNY Law School in 2013, where he participated in clinics focusing on the rights of youth in adult prisons and benefits access for low-income New Yorkers. Mik has previously worked as a staff attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, a case manager at the Ali Forney Center, and a lifeline volunteer for the Trevor Project.

    Sasha Alexander

    Director of Membership

    Sasha Alexander is a queer trans, black/south asian, artist, educator, and healer. A former youth organizer, Sasha has been working at the intersections of lgbtq, youth, media, economic, gender and racial justice movements for almost 20 years.  Sasha has worked with various community based organizations as a lead organizer, case manager, summer youth employment supervisor, trans youth specialist, program coordinator, media educator, and facilitator. Sasha was named one of the inaugural trans 100 for their organizing and media based work in trans communities of color. In 2013 after teaching at the intersections of youth media and social justice for over a decade, and called to action by the murder of 21 year old Islan Nettles, Sasha launched Black Trans Media committed to addressing the intersections of racism and transphobia by shifting and reframing the value and worth of black trans lives #blacktranseverything. Sasha works as the Membership Director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) in NYC a legal and movement based organization working for collective liberation; as the Membership Director and Co-Director of the Movement Building Team Sasha works to strengthen the leadership of  trans, gender non conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people specifically low income people, people of all abilities, formerly incarcerated people, people living with HIV, immigrants, and people of color.  Sasha loves time on the land, decolonizing everything, trans reproductive futures, their cat mumia shakur, arts of all mediums, and movement history.  Sasha uses the pronouns he/she/they and insists that you mix it up.

    Sei Young Pyo

    Director of Immigrant Justice Project

    Sei Young Pyo is a Staff Attorney and the Director of the Immigrant Justice Project. She believes in being together with clients where they are and in más acción, menos protagonismo. Prior to coming to SRLP, Sei learned and grew from working at Immigration Equality, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, and Lambda Legal. At Harvard Law School, Sei musical directed the yearly full-length musical comedy production the Harvard Law School Parody and co-founded the Queer Theory Reading Group. In another life, Sei would have become an exuberant philosophy professor writing on the relationship between emotions and art. Her biggest supporter is her lovable senior dog, Rowa.

    Stefanie Rivera

    Director of Client Services

    Stefanie Rivera is a long-time member and former consultant and Prisoner Justice Project intern at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP). Stefanie helped to found the Prisoner Justice Project and has played a pivotal role in SRLP’s development. In 2015, she joined staff as the Director of Client Services. In her current role, Stefanie serves as a bridge between members and clients and assists in making sure that SRLP is a safe and accessible space for all. Stefanie routinely trains judges, court officers, law students, and lawyers about working respectfully with transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex clients. She also speaks internationally on issues of trans liberation and abolition and provides Know Your Rights trainings in both English and Spanish. Stefanie is one of the founding members of FIERCE and she has received awards honoring her work from the TransLatina Network and Black Transwomen, Inc. Stefanie has been featured in the film “Fenced Out” the book “On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories” and in artist Micah Bazant's “Trans Life & Liberation” series.

    Some of our Core Collective members

    Dean Spade

    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

    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.

      Joss Greene

      Joss Greene is an educator and grad student who volunteers with organizations in NYC and the Bay Area.  He is passionate about skill sharing, moving resources to trans people of color leaders doing the work, and learning from our elders.  He’s invested in the longterm fight for a world where all trans people can live safe, full, beautiful lives.

        Lorenzo Van Ness

        Lorenzo Van Ness is a native New Yorker who has been working within QTPOC communities in NYC since 2006. While they currently work for the NYC Commission on Human Rights, they have worked to educate New Yorkers of their rights and increase access to the city's resources as a tenant advocate and paralegal. Lorenzo is passionate about language access, LGBTQ rights and racial justice.  In thier spare time, Lorenzo enjoys learning, writing, bike riding and karaoke.

         

          Nila Natarajan

          Nila is honored to be a part of the Core Collective. She hopes to bring her experience as a legal intern with SRLP, as well as her prior and current work with LGBTQ homeless youth, incarcerated folks, and work with families impacted by criminal and child welfare systems to the Collective.