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BOC PREA Meeting - November 2016

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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Landmark Victory Achieved in Cruz v. Zucker

This week, transgender New Yorkers eligible for Medicaid received the life-affirming news that trans-specific health care coverage is required by law for individuals, regardless of their age. This victory extends from the case Cruz v. Zucker which the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) filed in conjunction with our co-counsels, The Legal Aid Society and Willkie […]

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Join SRLP October 17 in Shining a Light on Youth Health Care

In direct response to Cruz v. Zucker, our lawsuit challenging New York State’s ban on transgender health care coverage, oral arguments will be heard this coming Monday October 17 on the medical necessity of gender-affirming health care for trans youth. SRLP asks that you join us and our co-counsel The Legal Aid Society and Willkie Farr […]

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Major Medical Victory for Transgender Youth in New York State

In direct response to Cruz v. Zucker, No. 14 Civ. 4456 (JSR) (SDNY), a class action filed by The Legal Aid Society, The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP on behalf of individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria, New York State recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to remove a […]

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Join SRLP on Monday at City Hall to Increase the Rights of Individuals in NYC Jails

This Monday, September 26, SRLP will join a number of advocates in requesting that the City Council adopt a series of important local laws that would increase the rights of people held in the NYC jail system. In brief, these local laws will: Require the Department of Correction (DOC) to bring people to all court […]

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Know Your Rights in Extreme Weather

As this latest heat wave rolls across New York City, take the time now to access the latest SRLP pamphlet on knowing your rights in extreme weather. With a heat index of 102 degrees today, it’s important that you, your friends, and other community members know how to safely access shelter. Emergency rooms, NYC Senior […]

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Another Medicaid Victory!

  Breaking news! Today, a decision was handed down in our federal lawsuit Cruz v. Zucker, providing a major victory to transgender New Yorkers who are Medicaid-eligible. Judge Jed S. Rakoff has ruled that the current Medicaid regulations violate the federal Medicaid Act, which requires state Medicaid programs to provide Medicaid recipients with coverage for medically necessary […]

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