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Meet The Artist behind Our Re-Launch of It’s War in Here

I first met Rabi Cepeda in 2015. Over the past three years, Rabi and I have been able to meet, share food, and grow together. Rabi came home in the summer of 2017 and I have been able to meet with him a few times to make sure he stays connected to our work. Rabi’s […]

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Celebrating the Prisoner Justice Project’s Accomplishments in 2017

As with all of Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s (SRLP) legal work, the Prisoner Justice Project (PJP) seeks to address the immediate needs of our incarcerated community members and connect them with opportunities to engage more fully in our work. Most people initiate contact with PJP in a state of crisis, often reporting physical and sexual […]

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NYC Board of Correction Issues Resolution to Increase Safety for Incarcerated Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex People

This week, SRLP is celebrating the effect that our voices and truths can have on the law. In a surprising and important move, the Board of Correction – the oversight and monitoring body for New York City’s jails – issued a harsh resolution and timeline in response to the New York City Department of Correction’s […]

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10 Years Later: SRLP Updates “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 […]

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A New Resource for Incarcerated Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex New Yorkers

The Prisoner Justice Project is extremely excited to announce the launch of our new resource, Name Changes for Transgender Adults in New York State Prisons: A DIY Guide for Pro Se Name Changes. This guide walks incarcerated transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex individuals through the name change process if they are 18 years old or […]

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SRLP Seeks to HALT Isolated Confinement in New York State Prisons

Members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project are getting ready to join thousands of New Yorkers in the push to end the use of isolated confinement in New York State prisons. On May 2, members of SRLP and the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) will be in Albany meeting with legislators and assemblymembers on […]

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Know Your Rights in this Winter Weather

New York City has issued a blizzard warning for tonight and tomorrow. Please take the time now to access SRLP’s pamphlet on knowing your rights in extreme weather. With an estimated snowfall of 12-20 inches and temps below 30 degrees, it’s important that you, your friends, and other community members know how to safely access […]

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New PREA Rules for the NYC Jails Fail to Provide Trans Women with Meaningful Housing

Last week, the Board of Correction, the body that oversees the Department of Correction and ensures compliance with the minimum standards, unanimously voted in new rules to govern and prevent instances of sexual violence in the NYC jails. This rule goes beyond the federal rules for the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and are, in […]

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