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Staff

Elinor Lee

Director of Finance and Operations

Elinor has worked for several nonprofits and has a cat companion named Deleuze.

Ethan Lin

Director of Grassroots Fundraising & Communications

Ethan Lin is a longtime sustainer of SRLP who dreams of world in which all of us have equal access to resources that enable us to live out our desires and to become the best version of ourselves. During his free time, he loves expanding his knowledge in almost every area of philosophy.

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.

Kyle Rapiñan

Director of Survival and Self-Determination

Kyle Rapiñan is a Staff Attorney and Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Kyle has been working with SRLP since 2014 as a legal intern, volunteer, consultant, legal advocate, and friend. Prior to joining SRLP, this mixed race organizer gained experience working with the community at Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Practice-Bronx, Peter Cicchino Youth Project of the Urban Justice Center, SRLP, and the Legal Aid Society-Parole Revocation Defense Project. Kyle is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law with a clinical focus on criminal defense and parole matters. Kyle has experience in queer & trans youth organizing, and building a responsive collective process. Fully a believer in racial, trans, and economic justice, Kyle dreams of a world that affirms all of our identities, without any hurdles for low income folks, and a world that empowers rather than divides.

Maxwell Scales

Director of Development

Max 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 SRLP volunteering, interning, and serving on the Core Collective since 2008. He is currently a Staff Attorney with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and the Director of SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project. Previously, Mik was a staff attorney at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York.  He graduated from CUNY Law School where he participated in clinics focusing on the rights of youth in adult prisons and poverty law representation. Mik works in areas of racial and trans justice, LGBTQ youth homelessness, suicide and crisis prevention, and disability justice. Mik dreams of a dance party where we can all have our needs met and enough space to dance.

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, consultant and former Prisoner Rights intern, and now SRLP's Director of Client Services. Stefanie helped found the Prisoner Justice Project at SRLP and, as one of SRLP's original members, has played a pivotal role in SRLP's development.

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.