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SRLP Statement on the Passing of GENDA

On Tuesday, January 15, the New York State Senate passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) which Governor Cuomo has said he will sign in to law as part of his “Justice Reform” initiative. The Sylvia Rivera Law Project continues to maintain that real justice and protection do not come from prisons or state “protectors,” […]

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What else happened when GENDA passed the Senate on Tuesday

Multiple LGBT organizations, including ones who are staffed by and do work for transgender and gender non-conforming people, are celebrating as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) finally passed the New York Senate. At the same time that GENDA passed, SRLP members had joined with with the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) to […]

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SRLP Testimonies on NYS and NYC healthcare: TGNC People in Prisons and Jails Should Not Be Left out of the Healthcare Conversation

Since the memo from federal Health and Human Services was leaked last month to the New York Times the issues affecting healthcare for transgender and gender non-conforming people (TGNC people) have been constantly featured in media outlets. What has consistently not been covered, however, are the many ways in which healthcare fails to adequately cover our TGNCI […]

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The Trump Memo – What You Need to Know

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy (@immissmajor): Heard about the latest attack on our community. Remember: we’re stronger together. Don’t run and hide. We have to be more visible and unified than ever! For more information please attend our Know Your Rights and Organizing Session on Friday, November 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm at SRLP. What happened? On Sunday, the New […]

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Voices from the THU: Brooke’s Essay on the Brooklyn Detention Center

SRLP is honored to share the following essay written by Brooke during our recent class at the Transgender Housing Unit of the NYC jails. This is a unit within the Rose M. Singer Women’s Jail which specifically houses transgender women. As it was SRLP’s first class since the THU moved from a men’s jail to […]

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Last Walk-in Legal Intake for 2018: November 1st ¡La última clínica legal de 2018: 1 de noviembre!

Dear all, SRLP has free legal intake every Thursday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm for a variety of legal issues for the transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex community who are low-income and/or people of color. Please be advised, the last day of legal intake for the year will be November 1, 2018. There will be […]

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SRLP PAC Member Isabella Adler Shares Her Tips For Surviving In Prison as a Trans Woman

For the past two years, Prisoner Advisory Committee member Isabella Adler has been sharing her tips on surviving in prison as a trans woman with SRLP. With the help of Maya Martin-Udry and Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot SRLP was able to combine her tips into a brochure that can be shared anywhere. SRLP shares this guide as […]

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The Fight to Make Medicaid Accessible to TGNC People Continues!

As many SRLP supporters and members know, all transgender and gender non-conforming people in New York State won a huge victory in 2016 for inclusive healthcare when Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled in our favor in the federal class-action Cruz v. Zucker, which was brought in partnership with the Legal Aid Society and Willkie Farr & […]

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Visiting Attica: SRLP attempts to break barriers for our incarcerated loved ones

I visited Attica Correctional Facility on July 12, a hot day even for Western New York. Despite how many times I have seen images of Attica Correctional Facility, the first time approaching it was startling. The facade is a huge wall that wraps around the entire complex almost like a child’s drawing of a castle. […]

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Our Member’s Thoughts From Solitary

On March 13th, members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) joined hundreds of people in Albany to demand the passage of the HALT Solitary Act and the end of torture through solitary confinement in New York State. We were honored to bring with us the names of SRLP Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC) members who […]

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