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Protective Custody & The Right to Work – A Former PAC Member’s Letter on the Lack of Safe Housing and Job Accessibility for Transgender Women in Prisons

Today, we’d like to share a letter from one of our former PAC members, Victoria Rodriguez, who wrote to us earlier this year while she was housed in the Transgender Housing Unit (THU). The THU is a specialized unit for transgender women currently stationed at the Manhattan Detention Center (MDC). With the exception of the […]

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Panel members from SRLP, The Legal Aid Society, and Callen-Lorde

“What’s Up with Trans Healthcare?” Town Hall Event Recap – A Night of Community Bonding, Building Power, and Creating Alliances

On Thursday, November 9th, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) teamed up with the LGBT Community Center at West 13th to create an affirming and community-driven space to discuss trans healthcare and to learn about the work being done by our allies around the city. During  our “What’s Up with Trans Healthcare?” Town Hall, the […]

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Writing to Folks on the Inside

“I didn’t know I needed community until it was offered to me.” – James, member of SRLP’s Prisoner Advisory Committee  Trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) folks experience significantly increased interaction with police, police violence, and incarceration. This heightened state of policing and discrimination is even more acute for folks who are of color or […]

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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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NYC Board of Corrections Issues New Resolution to Protect Incarcerated TGNCI Individuals from Sexual Assault

In 2003, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which sought to address and reduce sexual assaults in prison, as well as to develop resources to educate institutions on this issue and to protect those most vulnerable. Unfortunately, many prisons across the country have failed to uphold the standards set by this law for […]

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Meet Some of Our Wonderful Prisoner Advisory Committee Members!

In honor of our relaunch of “It’s War in Here,” a report on the experiences of trans and gender non-conforming people incarcerated in New York State, we reached out to several Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC) members who have offered their guidance and voices to the project. We wanted all of our readers to get to […]

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Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People Have a #righttoknow Who is Targeting and Policing Us

  “I felt liberated and inspired with SRLP, to see people from all walks of life come together to fight for the same cause, for people of color and immigrants to get a bill passed. Pass the Right to Know Act! Today was phenomenal. I have lots of love.” – Terri (Movement Building Team member). […]

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As an organization that centers the voices of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people of color in the fight for liberation, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project holds a deep commitment to the legacies of revolutionaries like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. For over four years, Reina Gossett served as SRLP’s Director of Membership. […]

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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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