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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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Submit Comments to Strengthen Healthcare for Transgender New Yorkers!

As we let you know earlier this month, transgender New Yorkers who use Medicaid received tremendous life-affirming news in the last ruling in the Cruz v. Zucker case. This is a case that SRLP and our allies at the Legal Aid Society and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLC brought to challenge the decades long ban […]

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Voices Raised Against All Forms of Violence in the NYC Jails!

In what plans to be a very revealing open hearing this Monday, November 14, the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services will hear reports on the implementation of the Nuñez settlement in the City jails. The case Nuñez v. City of New York et. al., is a class action lawsuit that challenged the use […]

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