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SRLP Shelter Organizing Team Members and Staff Testify at NYC Council Budget Hearing on General Welfare

Every year in New York City, both the Mayor and City Council go through a budgeting process. During this process, city agencies and the public testify on various issues, such as policing, education, healthcare, housing, and immigration. By providing testimony about our experiences, we can use our stories to impact policy, funding, and services available […]

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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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“This is My Body, This is My Health” – A Recap of Part 2 of our What’s Up with Trans Healthcare? Town Hall Series

As part of the relaunch of our trans health campaign, our ongoing series of community meetings on transgender healthcare continued on Thursday, March 8, culminating in an evening of conversations around solidarity, accountability, and liberation. During the event, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) collaborated with GMHC, along with various healthcare providers and advocates around […]

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Call to Action: Support Trans and Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers at NYC Budget Hearing Next Week

On Tuesday, March 27th, at 10:00 am, the New York City Council is holding an NYC Council Budget and Oversight Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2019 Preliminary Budget for the Human Resources Administration, Department of Social Services, and Department of Homeless Services. Come out to City Hall at 3:00 pm for the Public Hearing and […]

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Tell New York to Remove Barriers to Gender-Affirming Healthcare

In spite of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s victory in ensuring healthcare access for low-income trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) New Yorkers, and Governor Cuomo’s directive that private insurers allow gender-affirming care, many members of our community continue face barriers to care. From wrongful denials of coverage to red tape to outdated, transphobic policies […]

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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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10 Years Later: SRLP Updates “It’s War in Here”

In 2007, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project published a report which changed the landscape for LGBT organizing and abolitionist work in the US. It’s War in Here, a report on the conditions that transgender women face in men’s prisons, forced LGBT activist organizations to take the issues of policing and prisons seriously and forced abolitionists […]

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Housing Recommendations from the Manhattan Trans Forum

On April 27, 2017, trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) community members, partners, and allies came together at GMHC to address the needs of the TGNC community. Among the many disparities faced by TGNC people, housing has always been a system that our community has struggled with. Broken systems and non-acceptance from our own people and […]

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SRLP Seeks to HALT Isolated Confinement in New York State Prisons

Members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project are getting ready to join thousands of New Yorkers in the push to end the use of isolated confinement in New York State prisons. On May 2, members of SRLP and the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) will be in Albany meeting with legislators and assemblymembers on […]

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SRLP Speaks to CNN on the Large Number of Trans People Who Have Updated Their Birth Certificates Since the Rule Change in 2015

SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project Director Mik Kinkead and Client Services Director Stefanie Rivera are quoted in CNN’s piece on the hundreds of trans people who have been able to obtain affirming birth certificates in New York since 2015. Since our founding in 2002, SRLP had worked to remove the rule that required trans people to […]

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