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Artwork by Prisoner Advisory Committee member Rabi Cepeda

Continuing the Fight for Trans Liberation

As our country celebrates the Fourth of July, a holiday that symbolizes freedom, we continue to see the ways in which our community is not free, especially members who are incarcerated throughout the country. Our members are confined, surveilled, and isolated on a constant basis, some even being forced into solitary confinement for long periods […]

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Strength and Pride?

Below is an essay written by PAC member Dana Gibson, aka Gee. This essay contemplates what it means to survive while held in the torturous conditions of solitary confinement. To learn more about SRLP is fighting these conditions – and how you can help! – please visit our Ending Isolation campaign website. Strength and Pride? […]

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SRLP Continues to Resist Against Violent Prison Conditions

In February, the NYC Board of Correction released an assessment of the Transgender Housing Unit (the THU) which can be found here.[1] The Board is a nine-person, non-judicial oversight body that regulates, monitors, and inspects the correctional facilities of the City. It is tasked with holding the Department of Corrections accountable for its implementation of […]

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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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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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Meet the Advisory Committee for It’s War in Here!

As part of the relaunch of “It’s War in Here,” we asked some of our incarcerated members to join an Advisory Committee for the project. These members have helped us to generate questions and edit the surveys, and they will help us to review data and edit drafts of the report later on. They are […]

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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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What is the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Prisoner Advisory Committee?

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC) is a committee of incarcerated trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) individuals who seek to share their voices with those on the outside about the injustices they have faced both in and out of prison. PAC began from a proposal by former SRLP staff member Gabriel […]

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