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15 Systematic Policies and Legal Rules That SRLP Helped Change

It’s been almost 15 years since SRLP was founded as a multi-racial, trans-led collective organization working for economic, racial, and gender justice. You might not know that over the last 15 years SRLP has worked to win the following important victories: Morrill v. Morrill, establishing a transgender parent’s right to visit her children. Doe v. […]

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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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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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Speak up against sexual violence at the Board of Corrections hearing

Thank you to those who came out to the membership meeting on Tuesday at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project to prepare for Board of Correction (BOC) hearing! We were so grateful to be able to listen to everyone’s innovative suggestions for making NYC jails safer for trans, gender non-conforming and intersex (TGNCI) folks. If you weren’t able […]

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SRLP's member, Xena, spoke about her experience in confinement during a Board of Corrections hearing during last fall.

Leaving Trans Women out of the Women and Criminal Justice System Convening

    To mark the end of Women’s History Month, Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued remarks at the White House Women and the Criminal Justice System Convening Wednesday, March 30. Her remarks stand out for mentioning and specifically addressing transgender women caught inside the Criminal Justice System. Yet naming transgender women without inviting them to […]

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Marci, a member of Sylvia Rivera Law Project's Movement Building Team

SRLP Members Help HALT Solitary in NYS Prisons

  On any single day about 4,000 people are held in solitary confinement in New York State prisons. This is a fact that Marci, a member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Movement Building Team, knows all too well. Having survived solitary confinement herself, Marci is now joining a group of advocates on April 12 […]

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JAC Rallies on Steps of City Hall Calling Attention to Rape Crises on Rikers Island

Reducing Sexual Violence on the Road to Abolition

  Next Monday, April 4, SRLP is thrilled to be joining survivors, loved ones of survivors and advocates in the beginning of a campaign to address sexual violence and sexual harassment in the NYC jails. Around this time last year SRLP, along with other allied organizations and New York City’s Public Advocate Letitia James, submitted […]

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Natalia gives her testimony at the Board of Corrections hearing

Trans Voices Raised At Public Hearing

  Last Friday, members of the SRLP Movement Building Team and Prison Advisory Committee shared their stories and personal concerns regarding rules pending before the Board of Correction. Staff and members testified before the Board and spoke out at a rally before. SRLP staff is so honored to work with members who share their stories […]

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The Board of Corrections Hearing on October 16, 2015

SRLP’s Submission of Comments and Recommendations in Response to the Proposed Rulemaking Addressing Visitation, Packages, and Solitary

Below is the testimony submitted by staff attorney Mik Kinkead on behalf of Sylvia Rivera Law Project at the Board of Corrections hearing on October 16, 2015.   Re: Submission of Comments and Recommendations in Response to the Proposed Rulemaking Addressing Visitation, Packages, and Solitary Dear Chair Brezenoff and the NYC Board of Correction: The […]

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SRLP spoke up against solitary confinement and limitation on visitation rules at BOC hearing

On Friday, October 16, SRLP staff and members, including India, Natalia, Olympia and Xena, along with our allies such as the Jails Action Coalition, attended a Board of Corrections hearing to speak up against the Department of Correction’s attempt to increase the use of solitary confinement to over 30 days and its attempt to curtail visitation […]

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