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Updating It’s War in Here

In 2007, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project published a report which changed the landscape for LGBT organizing and abolitionist work in the US. It’s War in Here, a report on the conditions that transgender women face in men’s prisons, forced LGBT activist organizations to take the issues of policing and prisons seriously and forced abolitionists to become more inclusive of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex people in their work.

Now, 10 years later, SRLP has begun the process of re-publishing this report. In February 2017, SRLP invited 16 members of our Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC) to join the Advisory Committee for the re-launch. These 16 individuals are all transgender and gender non-conforming people either currently incarcerated in the New York State prison system or under other types of supervision. Our Advisory Committee members recently filled out “self-interviews,” and you can read more about who is serving on our Committee here and here (second link to go up soon!). Read about the process of updating the report, blog posts from our participants, and more here.

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What’s Up With Trans Healthcare?

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is re-launching our Trans Health Campaign to address the many problems, concerns, and issues that trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) New Yorkers have had to face. Our goal is continue to mobilize, educate, and support our communities in putting pressure on the very folks who are impacting our healthcare and to make sure that the experiences of our folks are listened to and lead to lasting impact and change. We want to improve the access folks have to gender-affirming healthcare and address issues with the quality of care.

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Join Us in Ending Isolated Confinement in NYS Prisons

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is proud to be an endorsing organization behind the HALT Solitary Confinement Act. As part of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC), SRLP seeks to end the practice of placing individuals in known torturous conditions within our state prisons. Read more about the actions SRLP is taking and how you can join in to end this practice.

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Hold the Department of Corrections Accountable for Treatment of TGNCI New Yorkers in the City Jails

Since our founding, SRLP has worked with members held in the NYC jail systems. Today, SRLP continues to work in coalition with other organizations and individuals to ensure that, as a base ask, the Department of Corrections (DOC) meets the Minimum Standards protocol for treatment of TGNCI people. Working with currently detained TGNCI people and our membership in the free world, we continue to place pressure on the DOC to both meet those minimum requirements and work with community to end the violenc inherent in all jail systems. You can read more about our work in the NYC jails here.

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Help Us Make Visits to NYC Jails More Humane

In partnership with one of our sibling organizations, the Jails Action Coalition (JAC), SRLP is helping to gather stories of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people who would like to visit loved ones in the NYC jails but encounter difficulties when trying to visit. Share your story and help improve visitation!

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Ensure Access to Menstrual Products for People in NYS Custody

SRLP continues to support a legislative bill known as S.6176. This bill was introduced in May 2017 to provide menstrual health products for free to people held in NYS women’s prisons. The full text of the proposed bill can be read here. A 2015 report by the Correctional Association goes more in-depth into the reproductive injustices found within the New York State prison system. Please check back to find out what steps SRLP is taking to support this effort in winter 2018 when we will have more news on ways to support!


Policy Advocacy

Policy change by government agencies is a critical part of our work. Check out some examples of policies SRLP has worked on.

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